September 1968

Gamma Globulins.

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Edited by Johan Killander. Price, $32. Pp 643, with many electrophoretic patterns, graphs and tables. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Ave, New York 10016, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(3):288. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300080096038

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This book is an extremely comprehensive review of the subject of γ-globulins. It covers all aspects of structure and function, with emphasis primarily on research and laboratory aspects of these proteins. Unfortunately, the book has a quality resembling that of a telephone directory, consisting of a large number of short articles, each devoted to a highly specialized aspect of problems relating to immune globulins. The material is so specialized and so remote from clinical application that at least 90% of the information would be of little value to the average internist. Even practicing allergists and hematologists would find less than 30% of the book to be of any real value in the practice of medicine.

I feel that the usefulness of this book lies in its availability to individuals specifically interested in immune globulins, especially those involved in investigational work. I would include some hematologists, some allergists, and perhaps geneticists.

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