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Book Review Einfhrung in die Immunchemie und Immunologie (Introduction to Immunochemistry and Immunology). Heidelberger Taschenbcher Vol. 79. By E. A. Kabat

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presented with test data, with the knowledge required to
interpret these data correctly.
Werner Waldenrath [NB 107 IE]
Einfiihrung in die Immunchemie und Immunologic (Introduction to Immunochemistry and Immunology). Heidelberger Taschenbucher Vol. 79. By E . A . Kabat. SpringerVerlag, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York 1971.1st Edit., viii,
322 pp., 107 figures stitched DM 18.80.
The present volume is a translation, undertaken by members of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Immunbiologie in
Freiburg, of the American original published in 1968.
Despite the fact that recent developments in the domain of
immunology have been left out of the account (literature
references up to 1967), this book provides a splendid “introduction to immunochemistry and immunology.” The
theoretical principles of immunochemistry and immunobiology are clearly set forth in a series of well thought-out
chapters, followed by a detailed description, with illustrations, of the relevant methods. The most important
techniques for the detection of antigens and antibodies are
described so lucidly as to enable the reader to apply them
in practice without further ado.
The book is suitable not only for students, but also for
physicians, biochemists, and chemists whose work requires
them to use immunological techniques or confronts them
with problems in the area of immunology. A detailed subject index is provided.
Gerhard Schwick [NB 110 IE]
InorganicReaction Mechanisms. Vol. I. Specialist Periodical
Reports. Published by The Chemical Society London
1971. 1st Edit., xv, 338 pp., bound, E 7 One of the innovations in the program of the Chemical
Society is the series of “Specialist Periodical Reports”.
These volumes, which are very similar in presentation and
style to the well-known “Annual Reports”, are to be published at regular intervals of one to two years, and are
intended to present substantially complete literature surveys
of the special field of chemistry covered.
The present book covers the literature that became available to the authors between January 1969 and August 1970
on kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions in
solution. Including the reviews mentioned, J . Burgess
(“Senior Reporter”), D. N . Hague, R. D. I.ti Kemmitt, and
A . McAuley have evaluated more than 1700 publications.
The book, which contains numerous tables and an author
index, is very logically arranged and subdivided by mechanistic aspects and by substance, so that a subject index is
The volume contains four main parts :
1. Electron Transfer Processes ;2. Substitutions and Related
Reactions; 3. Complex Formation with Labile Metals and
Biochemically Interesting Reactions ; 4. Organometallic
Compounds (only transition metals and mercury).
At the abstractor’s discretion, publications are discussed in
detail or merely mentioned. The main parts and the subchapters are mostly preceded by short introductions, in
which the scope of the sobject matter is defmed and any
reviews are mentioned.
The task of presenting a succinct but readable account of
a very large number of articles naturally has its problems;
in the reviewer’s opinion, some publications have received
too much or too little attention, and the emphasis someAnyew. Chem. internat. Edir. f Vol. 12 (1973)
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times appears to have been wrongly placed in rendering the
content of a report. Nevertheless, for those who are actively
engaged in research, the book will prove to be of valuable
assistance in overcoming the tiresome literature problems
if it is accepted that the reports cannot appear until nine
to twelve months after the publication of the latest articles
reviewed. Those interested who are not experts in this field
will fmd here a means of gaining a quick and reasonable
insight into a relatively young field that still has many
problems to be solved.
Jiirn Miiller [NB 105 IE]
Fluorocarbon and Related Chemistry. Vol. 1. Specialist
Periodical Reports. Published by The Chemical Society,
London 1971. 1st Edit., viii, 307 pp., numerons dlustrations, bound E 7 The present first volume of the series represents a review
of the literature covering the years 1969 and 1970. It is
proposed to cover the entire chemistry of highly fluorinated
organic and organometallic compounds in a two-year
R. E . Banks and M . G. Barlow, both of whom enjoy an
international reputation in the field of organic chemistry
of fluorine, provide a detailed survey of work on organofluorine compounds, so that the book fully lives up to the
title of the series.
This book, which is written in a clear and sober style,
represents far more than the usual literature survey. In
dividing the 300 pages into five chapters, the authors have
hit upon a simple arrangement, but one that may well be
just what is wanted for a field with so many ramifications
as fluorine chemistry. Chapters 1 and 2 cover saturated
fluorinated hydrocarbons and per- and polyfluorinated
olefms and acetylenes. The chemistry of the carbonyl group
forms the subject of Chapter 3. Chapter 4 deals with all the
remaining organoelemental compounds, following the
order of the Periodic Table. This somewhat unusual
arrangement may admittedly make a given compound
more difficult to fmd for an organic chemist thinking in
terms of functional groups; nevertheless, it proves to be
an advantageous one, especially in view of the large number of papers on organometallic compounds. The chemistry
of per- and polyfluorinated aromatic compounds is sensibly
given in a separate chapter. The last section of some 25 pages
contains the most recent results in 19F-NMR spectroscopy.
The printing and the presentation of the book are of a
high standard. Numerous formulas and reaction schemes
are given, together with the mechanisms and brief details
of preparation. Indeed, in this form the book encourages
one to leaf through and read it. An additional reference list
at the end of each chapter supplements literature citations
appearing on each page. The book closes with an appendix
containing details of important publications, standard
works in the field of fluorine chemistry, and a list of authors.
There is unfortunately no index, so that in trying to solve
certain problems the reader may involve himself in an
intensive search.
The commendable speed with which it has been published
preserves the book’s topicality, and its aims make it an
excellent complement to the other periodicals appearing
in the field of fluorine chemistry. One of the volume’s
outstanding features is its presentation, which manages to
avoid giving the impression of a textbook whilst retaining
clarity and cohesion.
G. Biittner [NB I11 IE]
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