This book is the first of a two-volume set designed to cover completely the whole system of plasma proteins. Volume I emphasizes the plasma proteins as a physicochemical system, describes the isolation and characterization of the major and certain minor components and their functional differentiation. Efforts were made to achieve a comprehensive treatment of the subject without unnecessary duplication by exchange of outlines, by cross references, and by increased personal contact between the contributors.
The fractionation and isolation of purified components by precipitation methods is the subject of Chapter 2. Sufficient theoretical background is presented to permit the reader to assess the value of a given technique. The common precipitation techniques are described in sufficient detail to serve as a basis of understanding when the use of these techniques is referred to in later chapters. After a discussion of the parameters which influence protein solubility the author presents specific techniques