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Lymphocytes and Mast Cells. Margaret A. Kelsall and Edward D. Crabb. Baltimore Williams & Wilkins 399 pp. 31 illustrations. 8.00

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larly rherirnatoid arthritis. Part 11, with the subtitle, “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Treatment of Arthritis,” consists of 22 chapters on assorted subjects (215 pages).
Fifteen chapters in this section were prepared by physical or occupational therapists,
social workers, a psychologist or other nonmedical personnel whose special training can
be applied to problems of rehabilitation. Details of therapeutic exercise and other useful
physical therapy, activities of daily living, supporting and self-help devices, orthopedic
surgery, rehabilitation facilities and technics, and psychologic and sociologic aspects of
arthritis ( generally rheiimatoid arthritis) are discussed. There is a minimum of ovcrlapping
of subject matter, the index (less than 6 pages) is adequate; the book is well printed
and easy to read.
Chapters in both parts of the book generally have been prepared at elementary and
noncontroversial levels and without definite reference to other literature. In the occasional
instances in which reference is made to reports of other authors, the reference source is
not identified, but a general source of additional information comprising less than two
pages follows Part 11.
This book was prepared for both physicians and paramedical personnel-“. . . everyonc
concerned with the care and future of the sick and disabled arthritic.” The physician
whose training and experience has not included physical medicine, rehabilitation or
rhenmatology will find this book an excellent and adequately comprehensive introduction
or “clinical guide” to the subjects presented. The authors are to be commended for
bringing the various facets of their multidiscipline, medical and paramedical experience and
information together in one convenient publication.-Howard F. Polley
AND MAST CELLS.Murguret A. Kelsull and Edwurd D. Crabb. Baltimore,
Williams & Wilkins, 399 pp. 31 illustrations. $8.00.
The thesis of this book is that the principal function of lymphocytes, plasma cells and
mast cells is to serve in the intermediary metabolism of other tissues. The cells are helieved
to fulfill this function by synthesizing, storing and releasing such materials as nucleoproteina, gamma globulins, heparin and histamine. In evidence of this view, the authors
have made a compilation of literature with little new or original data. Much of the material
presented is a series of speculations based on the numbers and disposition of these cells
in relation to the particular process under discussion. There are extensive discursions into
matters not immediately related to these cells, such as mechanisms of inflammation and
the physiologic significance of histamine. Among the subjects discussed that rheumatologists
are concerned with are the formation of synovial fluid and ground substance. The authors
are scholarly zoologists and this reviewer found their considerations of the comparative
aspects of intestinal lymphoid tissues the most interesting part of the book. The scope of
this essay commends it more to the general biologist than to the specialist concerned with
problems of lymphoid tissues and mast cells. It provides no insights of special value to
students of rheumatic diseases.--lmn Sokoloff
The editors of ARTHRITISAND RHEuwish to call the attention of the
readers t o the Correspondence Section apMATISM
pearing i n this Journal from time to time.
It is planned to enlarge the scope and size
of this section i n subsequent issues a n d
to make it a forum for discussion of current topics in arthritis. Items of t h e following classification a r e considered suitable for publication i n this section:
( 1 Letters containing comments on
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these require a n answer, they will be
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