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February 21, 1977

Surgical Immunology

JAMA. 1977;237(8):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350067029

At last, a book that approaches a needed job and does it! Sensing that surgeons, when guided by medical school knowledge learned some years ago, have difficulty in reading today's literature that refers to sophisticated, newly developed immunologic theory, Andrew Munster has set about bringing us up to date. He does so by selecting authoritative physicians and surgeons who can write clearly. His format allows brief but comprehensive exposition of particular topics in immunology as applied to surgical patients. And he has edited well, eliminating unnecessary repetition, welding the disparate sections into a unified whole.

Each of the ten chapters in this book is an independent essay and can be read as such. An 11th section explains laboratory techniques in a fashion that permits anyone with some background to perform and interpret the tests.

Possibly the most relevant chapter is by Steven Rosenberg, Chief of Surgery at the National Cancer