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April 13, 1964

International Review of Connective Tissue Research

JAMA. 1964;188(2):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060280092040

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Abstract

This handsomely produced volume, the first in a series, covers aspects of fibroblast, collagen, hormone effects, elastase, calcification, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Even admitting the bounds of eclecticism permitted by the field, it is a vaguely unsatisfactory package. Duplication of subject matter was noted editorially. Atherosclerosis, for example, permeates three chapters in addition to its own. More serious is the problem of over-reviewing. While the topic of collagen is probably unavoidable in an introductory volume, some of its phases are quite well known, and we may question whether really enough is happening in the realms of collagen molecular structure or in fibrillogenesis to justify their review almost annually. Critical appraisal and controversy, though encouraged editorially, is evidently for the future. All this is not to deny that individual chapters are excellent. Yet, perusal of the chapter on hormonal control of connective tissue would lead to the curious conclusion that everybody is

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