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July 1974

An ABC of Modern Immunology, ed 2.

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Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):184. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190186042

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When Dr. Holborow published his collected papers from The Lancet in 1968, it was possibly the best organized, easy-to-read review available. Now in its 1972 second edition, the book remains one of the easier to read abridged immunology texts. However, recent volumes by Fudenberg, Henriksen, or Sell contain more contemporary information. Holborow again follows the classic pattern of first discussing immunoglobulins, then cellular and delayed mechanisms. Each topic is approached in a developmental or chronological manner that gives the reader a feeling of completeness and organization. The contents and references are updated five years to 1972.

The scope of the book does not include a discussion of complement or phagocytic activity. Explanation of the θ-antigen for T-cell function in mice is detailed, but there is no similar explanation for rosette formation or lymphocyte fluorescence as identification of T- and B-cell production in man. The Gell and Coombs classification is

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