Summary: This volume originates from a symposium held in November, 1971, at which a group of veterinarians, comparative biologists and medical men discussed their common interest, the circulatory system. A most enjoyable book is the result, which gives interesting viewpoints, many of which must have been as refreshingly new to an audience of such diverse talents, as they will be to many readers.
At a time when immunology is beginning to play an increasingly important role in medicine this WHO report is most welcome. It lays down guidelines for the establishment and running of immunological units in major medical centres and their role, it is suggested, should be fourfold: to provide a comprehensive diagnostic service; to possess adequate facilities for research directed towards improving methodology and therapy; to provide a consultative service at the clinical and investigative levels; and finally to act as a teaching facility for postgraduate trainees in internal medicine and in pathology. The creation of such units would have the advantages of centralizing immunological services which are becoming fragmented in many institutions.
Mr Spencer's book is wisely titled, as it is a collation of facts and theories in selected areas of human biology.
(C) 1973 Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia