September 1970

Immunobiology for Surgeons.

Author Affiliations

Cambridge, Mass


By J Wesley Alexander, MD, Robert A Good, MD. WB Saunders Co, 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1970.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(3):448. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340270096028

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Immunobiology for Surgeons, by Alexander and Good is not only for surgeons. It is an excellent primer on the basics of immunobiology for any level of student or physician. Probably it is thus named to indicate the many events in the history of medicine where surgeon and immunologic process have met.

As a current view of the basics of immunobiology, it is hard to find fault with this text. In addition to a review of the basic immune mechanisms and those areas dealing with organ transplantation, the book deals with many areas that are medical and pediatric in context. There are chapters dealing with the immunobiology of cancer, transfusions, drug reactions, infections, collagen disease, and familial immunologic diseases.

A section on the phylogeny of immunology is regrettably short. This last area, a special interest of Dr. Good's, is always provocative reading when presented by him.

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