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February 19, 1955

Connective Tissue in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1955;157(8):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950250066048

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This book is comprised of essays on connective tissue, written largely by Scandinavian and American authors in this field. The title is somewhat misleading. The authors contributing to this book are, with few exceptions, chiefly interested in the intercellular material, i. e., the ground substance and fibrous components of connective tissue. Consequently, work on this subject constitutes the major theme of this book. The cellular functions of connective tissue, such as cellular defense mechanisms, are not discussed. A book of broader significance and more in line with the title would have resulted from the inclusion of the cellular aspects of connective tissue. Some of the contributions are too general to be informative. Others are highly factual and more in the nature of a review of the literature. This latter aspect is the most valuable property of the book. Those who are interested in a current review of the present knowledge

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