March 1971

A Primer on Immunologic Disorders.

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn


By Heinz J Wittig, MD, William A Welton, MD, Robert Burrell, PhD. Price, $6.75. Pp 123. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1970.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(3):267. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100140133024

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An increasing amount of knowledge of immunology is becoming a necessity for all medical students, as well as for those who are engaged in both the general and specialized practice of medicine. There has been a need for this type of book for a number of years: a sort of bridge between basic immunology and clinical practice. The authors have wisely included not only a discussion of atopic diseases, but also of hyperimmune and systemic connective-tissue disorders, transplantation immunology, and disorders with excess of deficiencies of immunoglobulins (gammopathies). In a commendable effort to write succinctly (the text is 99 pages), the authors, unfortunately, have stated things in some places either ambiguously or erroneously. In addition, the appendix contains a pollen table which is of only superficial usefulness, as it is overly simplified and not adequate for clinical use. The appendix also contains a section entitled "Practical Immunization." In it, under

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