This volume is a well-organized text encompassing almost all biological conditions considered to be mediated by a hypersensitivity phenomenon. In addition, nonimmunological disciplines related to the clinical management of allergic patients, such as pulmonary physiology and adrenal steroid metabolism, are discussed in depth.
The organization of the chapters within the framework of a combined immunological and pathological classification of hypersensitive states provides a logical transition from the basic immunology section into and through the section on clinical allergic states. All conditions are first separated into the delayed or the immediate types of response and later in accordance with the characteristics of the antibodies in the serum or tissues. It is interesting to note that over 80% of the text fitted into the classification before the inevitable miscellaneous section was required for the unclassifiable and alleged-allergic conditions. Dr. Criep should be commended for his faithful adherence to this traditional classification throughout.