© 1966

The Thymus

Its Role in Immune Responses, Leukaemia Development and Carcinogenesis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 1-17
  3. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 17-27
  4. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 27-32
  5. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 32-43
  6. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 62-83
  7. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 83-88
  8. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 89-117
  9. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 118-128
  10. Donald Metcalf
    Pages 128-132
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 132-146

About this book


The sudden burst of interest in the thymus during the last five years more than justifies the appearance of a monograph on those aspects of its function which bear particularly on immunity and the processes associated with the development of malignant disease. Of those who are actively working in the field I believe that Dr. DONALD METCALF is uniquely suited to produce such a work. His demonstration of a lymphocytosis stimulating factor from thymic tissue in 1956 was almost the first evidence of physiological activity by the thymus. He has played an important part in the analysis of the leukaemogenic process in mice and his recent work on thymic grafting has been almost disconcertingly productive of new ideas. I feel confident that this monograph will be of great value to a wide range of investigators and teachers interested in obtaining a clear summary of the present posi­ tion. Incidentally, Dr. METCALF has provided a well chosen sample of factual material from which others who may wish to question some of his speculations, can draw their own conclusions. He has been careful to keep the observational and experimental facts clearly distinct from theoretical matters but has not shirked from making his con­ tribution to the current ferment of immunological theory.


Leukaemia carcinogenesis development immune response immunity immunology thymus tissue

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cancer Research Unit. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Thymus
  • Book Subtitle Its Role in Immune Responses, Leukaemia Development and Carcinogenesis
  • Authors Donald Metcalf
  • Series Title Recent Results in Cancer Research / Fortschritte der Krebsforschung / Progrès dans les recherches sur le cancer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1966
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-03644-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-46046-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-46044-9
  • Series ISSN 0080-0015
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-6767
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 146
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
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