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November 1967


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Evanston, Ill

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(5):636. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300040120024

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Virtually every immunology laboratory and surgical research center in the United States, Britain, and many other countries have pounced upon autoimmunity as a hoped-for solution to the etiology of numerous disease processes. The need for a periodic assembling and evaluation of the rapid developments in this field is understandable. The authors of this monograph have done a splendid job to this purpose. The book is divided into three sections. Section A consists of 90 pages dealing with immune reactions in general; clinical implications and mechanisms of autoimmunity are reviewed. Section B considers organ-specific autoimmune diseases and includes disorders of thyroid, stomach, adrenal (primary atrophy), nervous system, kidney, colon, skeletal muscle, heart, and liver. The authors omit special discussions of diseases of blood, eye, skin, or testis because, "it seemed that we could do little more than repeat what has already been said by others." Section C deals with autoimmunity at

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