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April 13, 1957

Fundamentals of Immunology

JAMA. 1957;163(15):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970500096033

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The third edition of this textbook appears nine years after the previous revision. The book has been greatly expanded, and four chapters have been added. In the new edition there is much more emphasis on hypersensitivity reactions and on the clinical aspects of immunology. Thus, it would appear that there is sufficient change between the second and third editions to warrant acquiring the latter. The book is up-to-date and remarkably free from typographical errors. The word "pruritus," however, is consistently misspelled.

The textbook is especially good from the immunochemical point of view. It provides reasonably detailed information for the nonimmunologist who wishes to obtain knowledge in this field. It suffers from the same disadvantages as practically all textbooks in immunology, namely, that the subject is not presented as an integrated, connected whole. A beginner reading any existing textbook in immunology is likely to emerge with the feeling that this science

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