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From The CriticsReviewer: Dixon B. Kaufman, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is volume three of a three-volume set regarding pancreatic islet transplantation. This volume is concerned specifically with the topic of immunoisolation of pancreatic islets for the purposes of preventing rejection during transplantation.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad overview of the very interesting topic of immunoisolation, or more specifically, encapsulation of pancreatic islets to avoid immune injury during transplantation. This is an important objective that has not received a complete overview prior to this. The authors' objective is met.
Audience: The audience is basic researchers and clinicians interested in the field of cellular transplantation as treatment of metabolic diseases and, specifically, islet transplantation for treatment of diabetes. The authors are especially credible on this topic. This volume is the strongest of the three volumes. They have assembled outstanding investigators in the field that provide a very complete and authoritative description of this topic.
Features: The book is filled with excellent illustrations, both black-and-white and color. The references are pertinent and current. The table of contents and index are good.
Assessment: This book is required of all research labs interested in the technique of immunoisolation for purposes of cellular transplantation and, specifically, islet transplantation. The contributors represent the leaders in the field and their chapters are consistently well written.