Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 4

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Understand all the essential concepts in immunology with Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System! This concise, focused text provides you with an up-to-date, accessible introduction to the workings of the human immune system.

  • Efficiently master the immunology information you need through clinically focused content, logically organized by mechanism.
  • Apply what you've learned to real-world situations by referencing the appendix of clinical cases.
  • Enhance your learning with the help of numerous full-color illustrations and useful tables, as well as summary boxes, review questions, and a glossary of immunology terms.
  • Study immunology anywhere! Online access to opens the door to an enhanced e-book and ancillary components!
  • Visualize complex immunology concepts with a completely updated art program.
  • Test your knowledge. New PowerPoint Review slides added to are ideal for study sessions.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is another of the successful endeavours of the authors to teach basic immunology to beginners and summarise the main concepts of science in an easily readable way...Basic Immunology is an excellent up-to-date pieceof work that covers all the major topics of immunology. The text is comprehensible and the concepts are written in a way that will satisfy the non-specialist reader and will keep their interest high till the end...To sum up, this isfinetextbook, addressed mainly to those of a non-immunological is a good start for undergraduate students or the general public who wish to make their first attempt to grasp immunological concepts."

British Society of Immunology, May 2013

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Marion C. Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Description: This compact book covers most of the major topics taught in basic immunology courses for medical and dental students. The material is presented in a very concise manner so that the level of detail is limited and some topics receive little attention. The most recent edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The goal is to present a picture of how the immune system works in a way that allows students to learn basic principles without becoming bogged down in details that are more appropriately covered in advanced courses. Thus the book is limited to what the authors consider the key concepts of the field. Given the increase in information about the immune system, setting limits may be a good thing.
Audience: Medical students studying immunology during their preclinical years are the primary audience, but dental students could also use it.
Features: In addition to trying to cover the major topics that are taught in most medical immunology courses, this book focuses on human immune responses against infectious microbes. Factual details purposely have been limited. Although there are a few clinical cases presented in the appendix, immunologic diseases are presented in the chapters only to emphasize their relation to normal immune responses. Unfortunately, some topics are not covered. For example, there is little about the mucosal immune system, which is different from the peripheral immune system. The figures are presented well, but in some cases they are too complicated and condensed. (They are also available for use by faculty in their presentations through Elsevier's Student Consult system.) There is also an extensive glossary and a list of the principal features of selected CD markers. At the end of each chapter is a list of review questions to reinforce the information that has been introduced.
Assessment: For some immunology courses, this is unquestionably an excellent choice. Other course directors and faculty might prefer a book with a bit more meat. Students will probably be happy with a book this size and it is certainly easy to read. Most importantly, immunology is a constantly changing discipline and this book is up to date.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455707072
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 120,633
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Immune System

2. Innate Immunity

3. Antigen Capture and Presentations to Lymphocytes

4. Antigen Recognition in the Adaptive Immune System

5. Cell-Mediated Immune Responses

6. Effector Mechanisms of Cell-Mediated Immunity

7. Humoral Immune Responses

8. Effector Mechanisms of Humoral Immunity

9. Immunologic Tolerance and Autoimmunity

10. Immune Responses Against Tumors and Transplants

11. Hypersensitivity Diseases

12. Congenital and Acquired Immunodeficiencies

Suggested Readings

Appendix I: Principal Features of CD Molecules

Appendix II: Glossary

Appendix III: Clinical Cases


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