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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Reviewer: Marion C. Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of an introduction to immunology for medical student, allied health, and advanced undergraduate courses. Information is succinctly presented without excessive detail and focuses primarily on the host response to pathogens. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The authors are very clear about the purpose of this book — it is to provide an introduction to immunology in a concise, focused manner highlighting what is important for students to know at a basic level. Immunology is so very much a part of most aspects of human disease that the information now available changes constantly and has become more detailed. This book is meant to deal with basic concepts and it succeeds in this aim.
Audience: The book focuses on what medical students need to take away from a basic course but would be suitable for students in allied health programs and dental programs, as well as undergraduates. It also could serve as a review before board exams for residents. The authors are well-known and respected immunologists with significant teaching experience.
Features: The chapters correspond to the areas that are covered in a basic course. The book is clearly written and well illustrated. Summaries and suggested readings appear at the end of each chapter. Four appendixes include a glossary, a list of major cytokines with their source(s), receptors, and subunits, principle cellular targets and biological effects, and five clinical cases. This last appendix illustrates how a knowledge of immunology contributes to the understanding of human disease. The book also includes access to a website with self-assessment questions, review slides, and animations which illustrate immunologic processes. Since the book is meant to focus on the most important aspects of immunology, details in some areas are limited. For example, mucosal immunology, which has gotten increasing attention in the past few years, receives little attention.
Assessment: If what is needed is a presentation of the basic concepts of immunology, this book fits the bill. It is clearly written and up to date. The focus is on basic facts, but unlike the many review books available, this book is readable and provides enough detail so that it is more than a series of facts and definitions. We are constantly learning more about immunological mechanisms, and updates, such as this fourth edition, are welcome.
From the Publisher

"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

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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: 161,517
  • 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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