Physiology of Membrane Disorders. Edited by Andreoli Thomas E. Hoffman Joseph F. Fanestil Darrell D., pages. Plenum Medical Book Company, New York and London, 1978. Price $75.00.

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Rapid growth in our understanding of the structure and functional properties of biological membranes has fostered an appreciation that many manifestations of disease can be related to specific disturbances in the transport or permeability properties of membranes. The purpose of this text is to provide a rational frame of reference for assessing the physiology of such disorders. In this context, membranes are defined in a catholic sense—to include not only the fundamental protein-containing lipid bilayers that encase cells and subcellular organelles, but also more complex structures, such as capillary walls and barriers composed of epithelial cells, that serve to segregate

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