May 1966

The Inflammatory Process.

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Edited by Benjamin W. Zweifach, Lester Grant, and Robert T. McCluskey. Price, $36. Pp 931. Academic Press, Inc., Ill Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(5):729-730. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870110121029

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Quite a number of years ago the Roman physician Celsus described the inflammatory process in four words: tumor, rubor, calor, and dolor. This volume entitled The Inflammatory Process presumes to do the same but requires 931 pages of text to accomplish the task. The central question, then, is do we get significantly more understanding of the process from 900 pages of modern medical science than we did from Celsus' apt description? The answer is definitely affirmative.

During the last century so much attention has been devoted to inflammation, and so many aspects of the problem have been explored in detail, that a volume trying to cover the entire field could easily be a mass of undecipherable bits and pieces of information. This volume does indeed cover the subject broadly and at the same time separates various aspects of inflammation into neat pigeonholes and makes each subject most informative. Each

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