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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marion C. Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center)
Description: Since immunology is an ever-changing discipline, this seventh edition of a basic immunology textbook includes significant new material. The previous edition was published in 2007 with an updated version in 2010.
Purpose: From its first edition, the authors' goal was to provide an up-to-date, easy-to-read textbook of immunology. A readable textbook is always welcome and one that is current is equally important.
Audience: The authors have written the book primarily for medical students, but it is also suitable for courses for dental students, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. It also could serve as a reference for residents and fellows, as well as for physicians who want to update their level of knowledge of immunology.
Features: of the most important changes is the addition of chapter focused on immune responses in mucosal tissues and other specialized sites. Treatment of this topic has been quite improved compared to what was previously available. Instead of a separate chapter on cytokines, these mediators are now discussed in context. A section in the appendixes summarizes the characteristics of some of the interleukins and TNF family members. Autoimmunity and tolerance are now combined into one chapter. With the increase in information about T cells, the information on the roles of different subsets has been expanded. The figures have been reworked so that they now look three-dimensional. The Student Consult online features that come with the purchase of the book include access to the full text online, animations, self-assessment questions, searching features, and the ability to add notes and bookmarks.
Assessment: Each edition of this book has shown improvement over its predecessor. The authors appear to be responsive to specific criticisms they receive. Several books are written at this level and are suitable for students. While each instructor may have his/her specific preference, this book is one that should be particularly suitable for immunology courses.