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October 19, 1984

Immunology in Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Immunology

Author Affiliations

Unidad de Investigación Biomédica del Centro Médico Nacional, IMSS Mexico City

JAMA. 1984;252(15):2075. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350150069033

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England has produced several firstrate textbooks of immunology, and some have even reached the status of classics. Most noteworthy, however, is that the different groups writing these texts have successfully avoided overlapping their respective, welldefined audiences. As stated by the editors, this book is specifically aimed at a frequently overlooked audience: the physician active in other fields, too busy to stay informed in areas, such as immunology, that infiltrate virtually all aspects of modern medicine in a most pervasive fashion.

It is a common experience that after a stimulating conference on immunology delivered to such an audience, somebody invariably comes up with the legitimate question: "Where can I read about all this?" The answer is not easy: a book too simple will certainly alienate the solicitant; a book too specialized (there are many of these), conversely, will probably not be read beyond the initial pages. Holborow and Reeves' book seems