Lymphocytes, Structure, Production, Functions.

Lung T. Yam, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):649-650. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040173018.
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Lymphocytes are exciting cells. Their appearance is plain and simple yet their functions are multiple and extremely complex. Disturbance in their production and elimination frequently results in pathologic states. The importance of, and the interest in, these cells can be best attested to by the voluminous publications about them.

This book by Astaldi and Lisiewicz is the latest of several monographs dealing with the lymphocyte. Various aspects of these cells such as structure, biochemistry, production, activation, inhibition, and function are adequately discussed under separate chapters. The chapters on activation and inhibition are particularly well written and contain much clinical information.

One rather unusual feature of this book is that the authors frequently approach problems of the lymphocyte with morphologic techniques. Of the 67 illustrations in this monograph, 41 of them deal with histologic or cytologic aspects of the lymphocytes; 19 of these 41 illustrations are in color and the quality


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