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November 17, 1978

Transplantation (Handbuch der aligemeinen Pathologie

JAMA. 1978;240(21):2332. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290210114048

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As with so many multiauthored volumes, this book suffers, in part, from a lack of cohesiveness. Each chapter in general is well written but without apparent regard for what has come before or what is to follow. This is especially true in the first several chapters concerned with the basic aspect of the major histocompatibility system in man and animals. There are repetitive descriptions of transplantation immunogenetics, antigenetic expression of genes, and methods of mixed lymphocyte cultures. The editors, however, have provided an extremely comprehensive and detailed index, so that almost every specific point of any general heading can be found with ease. As stated in the preface, some of the articles included in the book are several years old and contain information that is now of questionable use. The basics of immunogenetics can be found in several recent review articles and less expensive books, and those sections might have