March 1974

Immunology, Immunopathology and Immunity.

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San Francisco


By Stewart Sell, MD. Price, $12.92. Pp 277, with 45 illustrations. Harper & Row Publishers, Inc, 2350 Virginia Ave, Hagerstown, Md 21740, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(3):504. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320150178029

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The author wastes no time in indicating what is important in this book; the second paragraph of the preface stresses organization three different times. There are other recent texts on immunology that go into greater detail and have more references, but none offers better organization of appropriate topics.

Lymphoid tissue and leukocytes are illustrated in easy-to-grasp diagrams. Antibodies and immunoglobulins are covered in 28 pages. References include classic, but not necessarily the most recent, information in the field. The reader would do better if there were a glossary at the end of each chapter or at the back of the book to assist in some of the terms, especially in immunogenetics.

Phagocytosis is covered in only five well-written pages. With the amount of new information in the literature concerning the nitroblue tetrazolium test, metabolic shunts, and concepts of phagocytic killing, it is disappointing that only two references are included

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