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September 1975

Clinical Aspects of the Plasma Proteins

Author Affiliations

Tampa, Fla


by Tadashi Kawai, 464 pp, $55.80, J. B. Lippincott Co. (distributors for Igaku Shoin, Ltd. Tokyo), 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(9):1272. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330090144026

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In assembling this book, the author has brought together in one volume an enormous amount of information on the proteins of serum and other body fluids. The subject matter is broadly presented and ranges from protein cell biology to the interpretation of electrophoretic patterns in specific diseases.

The high points of this effort deal with those aspects of proteinology that Kawai, a practicing clinical pathologist, is familiar with on a day-to-day basis in the laboratory, as, for example, the interpretation of serum electrophoretic and immunoelectrophoretic patterns and a discussion of the technical causes of variations in the measurements of plasma proteins. More fundamental aspects of protein metabolism, such as dynamic equilibrium, are covered in an abbreviated fashion and are appropriately reserved for a basic science text.

The first part of the book deals with the properties of the individual plasma proteins and is essentially an encyclopedic listing of the physical

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