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June 1964

Elastolysis and Ageing.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):922. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120122049

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This book, by a leading investigator in the field, presents a clear, systematic, and comprehensive picture of the current status of studies of elastic tissue. In spite of the preponderance of references to the author's own work, the author's presentation is objective enough to allow the reader to distinguish between fact and interpretation. To write so objectively when one is so intimately involved in a research area is both remarkable and commendable.

The title of the book is somewhat misleading since the major part of the book concerns elastolysis and only the last chapter out of a total of five is concerned with elastolysis and aging. The first four chapters comprise an exposition of the biochemistry of elastolysis. Chapter 1, entitled "The Semantics of Elastolysis," is essentially expendable since the terms defined are meaningless without either previous familiarity with the field or previously having read the book; but then in

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