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Pathogenic Processes in Parasitic Infections

edited by A. E. R. Taylor and R. Muller. Symposia of the British Society for Parasitology, Volume 13. vii + 107 pages, illustrated. Blackwell Scientific Publications. Available from J. B. Lippincott Co., Medical Books Division, East Washington Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19105. 1975. $13.70

Franz von LichtenbergDepartment of Pathology Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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Published symposia share certain virtues and vices that are inherent in their genesis: up-to-dateness including recent and unpublished observations; perspective overall that places problems into their wider biological context; elegant theorizing; and a diversity of views that challenges the reader to make up his or her own mind. But, all too often, the symposiast, freed from editorial strictures, champions his pet theories, confronts the reader with unanswerable dilemmas, ignores adverse authorship, and generally lords it over a scientific realm as if it were of his own creation.

Traditionally, the Symposia of the British Society for Parasitology have been of the more virtuous kind, both instructive and entertaining, as is again true of this volume, notably of Bryceson's review of the pathogenesis of leishmaniasis, and Voller's of the immunopathology of malaria. Both are expertly done, and illustrate the stimulation of immunology by parasitology and vice versa which has gained such recent vigor in Britain.