April 1984

Immunology for the Practicing Physician

Author Affiliations

Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ 85724


by Russell W. Steele, 284 pp, $25, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(4):414. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140420080031

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Steele states that this volume is an effort to bridge the gap between immunologic knowledge and application to specific patient problems. He has succeeded in this concise volume—just ten chapters and 284 pages. His approach is novel; each chapter is devoted to answering clinical questions posed in the introduction, which substitutes for a table of contents. The questions range from the common (When should a patient be referred for evaluation of allergy?) to the arcane (What is the current status of heart, liver, and pancreas transplantation?).

This little book is truly a jewel. Steele, in clear, concise language, responds to his question format such that the practitioner can quickly seize the gist of a given area and readily see the application to his patients' needs. One continuously marvels at the condensation of complex areas into readily understandable paragraphs.

I looked in depth at the two areas with which I