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The editors plus 11 other outstanding British and American contributors present an authoritative comprehensive summary of the present knowledge of infectious mononucleosis. Much new material is given, including many references published in 1969, by means of supplementary notes at the end of each relevant chapter and an appendix.
Recent data which bear on the possible etiological role of the (Epstein-Barr) virus are presented together with the interesting findings and speculation on the role of lymphocytes in immunoproliferative disorders. There are 47 pages devoted to the chapter-by-chapter bibliography which adds value for any reader interested in the large literature on this disease.
One is reminded that the major incidence of this disease is in adolescents and young adults rather than children. The fascinating opening chapter, "The Early History of Infectious Mononucleosis and Its Relation to 'Glandular Fever,'" clears up many of the clinical and nomenclatural misconceptions; a situation which led