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October 17, 1977

Mechanisms of Tumor Immunity

JAMA. 1977;238(16):1767-1768. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280170061039

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This exceptional reference collates the massive data of tumor immunology that has accumulated during the past five years. Those closely associated with immunology and neoplasia will find the anthology invaluable, but the book is also well suited to anyone with serious interest in new developments in medical science. Although multiauthored, the book is carefully written and edited, with a minimum of overlap. The 20 contributors all have extensive experience in the subject matter they cover.

The authors systematically cover the areas of tumor immunology and present extensive references. Particularly good discussions of cell-mediated reactions, by Robert McCluskey and Atiel Bhan, concisely characterize the basis of immunologic response in immunity to neoplasia. The related topics of tumor cell destruction and regulation of inflammatory response in neoplasia complete the coverage of the complex topic of immunologic protection against neoplasia.

Elaine Jaffe and Ira Green present an authoritative review of neoplasms of the