Lymphocytes and Mast Cells. Margaret A. Kelsall and Edward D. Crabb. Baltimore Williams & Wilkins 399 pp. 31 illustrations. 8.00код для вставкиСкачать
474 BOOK REVIEWS 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 LKMPHUCYTES 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 NOTICE TO READERS AND CONTRIBUTORS 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 articles published in this Journal. If these require a n answer, they will be submitted to the senior author of the article discussed, who will be invited to write a rebuttal, which will be published at the same time as the letter. ( 2 ) Short notes which will not occupy inore than 1:h columns of small print, including diagrams. These may be items of a preliminary nature which the authors wish to see published rapidly. An attempt will be m a d e to publish all such notes in the next issue coming to press after their receipt. ( 3 ) Comments on articles pertaining to arthritis a n d rheumatism which have been published elsewhere. (4) Announcements of interest t o the readers of ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM.