February 21, 1966

Immunological Diseases

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edited by Max Samter and Harry L. Alexander, 966 pp, 198 illus, $30, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;195(8):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080144063

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Immunological Diseases is an extraordinary book from several different aspects. Every one of its strengths is at once a weakness, although fortunately most of the latter are minor. One of the book's most unusual aspects is that, while it fulfills a great need in medicine at this time, and to a limited extent in immunology itself, any success it has will be due to its comprehensive coverage of subjects—perhaps even over-comprehensiveness—and the prestige of many of its contributors. The book is ponderously long (in excess of 900 pages) and boasts the remarkable number of 89 contributors and four section editors, in addition to the editor and associate editor.

Curiously, a number of these chapters bear acknowledgments to granting agencies, so the book tends to have the appearance of a symposium, and, in fact, some chapters read like contributions to a symposium albeit without the valuable discussions at the end. Consequently,

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