How the Immune System Worksby Lauren M. Sompayrac
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How the Immune System Works is not a comprehensive textbook. It’s the book thousands of students have used to help them understand what’s in their big, thick, immunology texts. In this book, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon and details to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject.
Fifteen easy to follow lectures, featuring the uniquely popular humorous style and engaging analogies developed by Dr Sompayrac, provide an introduction to the ‘bigger picture’, followed by practical discussion on how each of the components interacts with one another.
Now featuring full-color diagrams, this book has been rigorously updated for its fourth edition to reflect today’s immunology teaching and includes updated discussion of B and T cell memory, T cell activation, vaccines, immunodeficiency, and cancer.
Whether you are completely new to immunology, or require a refresher, How the Immune System Works is an enjoyable way of engaging with the key concepts – you need know nothing of the workings of the immune system to benefit from this book!
How the Immune System Works is now accompanied by a FREE enhanced Wiley Desktop Edition - the interactive, digital version of the book - featuring downloadable text and images, highlighting and note taking facilities, book-marking, cross-referencing, in-text searching, and linking to references and glossary terms. It is also available from CourseSmart for instant, online and offline access for studying anytime, anywhere.
Description: This is the third edition of a textbook of immunology written specifically to describe how the parts of the immune system work together. It is neither a review book nor a classical textbook, but rather it attempts to present the big picture of how the immune system functions with relatively few details that may prove confusing to beginning students. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: When the first edition of this book was published in 1999, the author's stated goal was to write a book that described the immune system without jargon or details so that students could get the major concepts. This is still the goal and he has achieved it very well. Students often complain that they are presented with too many details and little opportunity to see how they fit together. This book fills their need for a tutor to explain what we currently know in an easy to understand manner.
Audience: Students at just about any level are the intended readers. The author appears to have gained most of his teaching experience with college undergraduates as well as graduate students and he presumably had them in mind when he wrote the first edition. However, medical and dental students would benefit from reading this as well. As an experienced teacher, the author wrote the book to fill a void perceived by many students and he has certainly achieved his goals.
Features: The book covers all of basic immunology with an emphasis on how the normal immune system is organized and functions. The consequences of dysfunction are given less attention, but are not ignored. The conversational writing style makes it seem as though the author is talking to the reader directly. Jargon is an integral part of immunology, but the author attempts to simplify the language whenever possible. Most of the illustrations are in the form of stylized figures with some tables, which, although they are not very colorful, are still easy to follow. There are "thought questions" at the end of each chapter which, if used properly, allow students to determine whether they have really understood the material.
Assessment: There is no other book currently available quite like this one. There are classic textbooks of immunology that are full of information that we wish that all of our students knew. There are review books that reiterate details presented in a way that supposedly is helpful in studying for course exams as wells as NBME exams. This book will be useful to students who are beginning a course in immunology with little or no background in the subject. Those of our students who have discovered the book have recommended it to others. When completing course evaluations, a substantial number have commented on how helpful it was. We now recommend that students read it prior to beginning our lectures on immunology because we cover a lot of material in a brief period, and a great many students have made very positive comments. The author does not claim that it is a complete picture of immunology, but rather that it provides a framework on which to build. Since immunology is an ever-changing subject, a new edition is certainly welcome.
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Professor Lauren Sompayrac is formerly of the University of Colorado at Boulder
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