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May 1974

Principles of Immunology

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Springfield, Ill

Arch Surg. 1974;108(5):751-752. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350290113030

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The city of Buffalo, NY, has recruited and developed some of the best talent in immunology in this country, and it would seem appropriate for them to combine their efforts to produce a textbook. Unfortunately, the Principles of Immunology does not do justice to their individual or combined knowledge of this subject. By their stated goal, the book is aimed at the beginning student and is composed in a graduated fashion to provide knowledge of basic science principles and clinical applications. As is so often true of multiauthored books, there is an unevenness between chapters that demands an extreme variance of prior knowledge for complete comprehension. Some chapters are sophomoric in content, yet others require considerable knowledge of physical sciences for understanding. There is a failure to define many terms that are commonly used by immunologists, but infrequently used by scientists of other disciplines. The method of approach continually changes

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