edited by G. J. Jackson, The Rockefeller University, New York; Robert Herman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda; and Ira Singer, American Medical Association, Chicago. xviii + 922 pages, illustrated. Appleton-Century-Crofts Educational Division, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016. 1970. $42.50
The first book to deal with immunity to animal parasites was prepared by Dr. W. H. Taliaferro and published in 1929. The approach was novel for the period, because it focused on the interchanges between parasites and their hosts and recognized the role of both nonspecific and specific responses of the host in its defenses against infection. Cellular, humoral, inflammatory, and even hypersensitivity, responses were considered, and, of course, the practical importance of serology and skin tests in diagnosis was included. This book proved to be a classic one, and stimulated both basic and applied research in the field. Therefore, it is gratifying to the reviewer that the two volumes of Immunity to Parasitic Animals were dedicated to Dr. Taliaferro and also that he prepared the Foreword.
The second book on this topic, by Dr. J. T. Culbertson, was published in 1941. It added impetus to the growing interest in this field.