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September 24, 1982

Immunological Aspects of Rheumatology

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120069049

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If you have been wondering lately which properties of immune complexes are most important in leading to tissue injury; what are the biological properties of complement (at least 12); and what is known about lymphocyte subpopulations related to the rheumatic diseases, then you should read all or part of Immunological Aspects of Rheumatology. This competent, concise book by 19 British authors brings the reader up to date in rheumatologic immunology. There are fine discussions of the relationship of Epstein-Barr virus to rheumatoid arthritis; the possible connection of viral infections to the etiology of the connective-tissue diseases; immunogenetics; neutrophils, macrophages, and eosinophils; and autoantibodies.

This is a gentle book for us rheumatologists who don't know a lot of immunology. It doesn't try to make us appear foolish. It is well written, well documented with references (67 pages), and fairly easy reading. Reading the different chapters in this book is like trying