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August 27, 1973

Acute Inflammation

JAMA. 1973;225(9):1128-1129. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220370064038

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Dr. Hurley's monograph on acute inflammation consists of 12 chapters, amounting to about 30,000 words. Six of these chapters deal with the vascular features of the acute inflammatory process, one with chemotaxis, one with the migration of leukocytes, and three with the terminations of acute inflammation—resolution, suppuration, and abscess formation—and chronic inflammation. The numerous illustrations, including many electron micrographs, are the author's own, and his published work is liberally represented in the bibliographies appended to each of the chapters.

The opening chapter, "The Nature of Inflammation," sets the tone. After referring to broad definitions such as Ebert's "inflammation is a process that begins following a sublethal injury to tissue and ends with complete healing"—broad indeed, but rather empty—on the one hand, and Spector and Willoughby's more limited definition of inflammation as "the reaction to injury of the living microcirculation and related tissues" on the other, Dr. Hurley gives the four