This volume, which was the result of a conference on plasma proteins in health and disease, consists of 25 papers covering the current concepts in this broad field. An introduction by the conference editor, Dimopoullos, is followed by articles arranged in the following sections: Part I. Dynamic and Biochemical Properties of Plasma Proteins; Part II. Abnormal Components of Plasma in Disease; Part III. Immunologic Phenomena and Alterations of Plasma Proteins in Infectious Disease; Part IV. Genetic, Induced, Nutritional, and Environmental Factors Affecting the Plasma Proteins; Part V. Influence of Nonspecific and Physiologic Conditions Affecting the Plasma Proteins.
In contrast to some conference publications this review presents a fresh series of research results obtained by the application of techniques that have just been developed in the past few years. Improved and refined methods of electrophoresis, ultracentrifugation, immunology, radioactive tracing, chromatography, and nutrition are applied to the majority of investigations. The extensive