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The book contains predominantly two-color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.
|How to Use This Book|
|Pt. 1||The Healthy Immune System|
|Lecture 1||An Overview||3|
|Lecture 2||The Innate Immune System||15|
|Lecture 3||B Cells and Antibodies||27|
|Lecture 4||The Magic of Antigen Presentation||43|
|Lecture 5||T Cells and Cytokines||55|
|Lecture 6||Lymphoid Organs and Lymphocyte Trafficking||71|
|Lecture 7||Tolerance Induction and MHC Restriction||83|
|Pt. II||The Immune System in Disease|
|Lecture 8||Immunopathology: The Immune System Gone Wrong||95|
|Lecture 9||Cancer and the Immune System||109|
I wrote How the Immune System Works because I couldn't find a book that would give my students an overall view of the immune system. Sure, there are as many good, thick textbooks as a person might have money to buy, but these are crammed with every possible detail. There are also lots of 'review books' that are great if you want a summary of what you've already learned -- but they won't teach you immunology. What was missing was a short book that tells, in simple language, how the immune system fits together -- a book that presents the big picture of the immune system without the jargon and the details.
How the Immune System Works is written in the form of 'lectures,' because I want to talk to you directly, just as if we were together in the classroom. This book is short, so you should be able to finish it in a few days. In fact, I strongly suggest that you sit down with this little book and read it from start to finish. The whole idea is to get an overall view of the subject, and if you read one lecture a week, that won't happen. Don't 'study' the book the first time through -- just read it and enjoy. Later you can go back and re-read the appropriate lectures as your immunology course progresses -- to keep you from losing sight of the big picture as the details get filled in.
Although the first lecture is a light-hearted overview meant to give you a running start at the subject, you'll soon discover that this is not 'baby immunology.' How the Immune System Works is a concept-driven analysis of how the immune system players work together to protect us from disease -- and why they do it this way.
In some settings, How the Immune System Works will serve as the main text for the immunology section of a larger course. In a semester-long undergraduate or graduate immunology course, your professor may use this book either as a companion to a detailed text or as the central text, supplemented by additional readings.
No matter how your professor may choose to use this book, however, you should keep one important point in mind: I didn't write How the Immune System Works for your professor. This book's for you!
Posted January 13, 2004
this the most beautiful book that i have ever seen in immunology and most understandable essential text for medical students.
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Posted December 24, 2006
I must say that I was always very scared of studying Immunology. Although my PhD studies deal with Immunology but the confusing books with those complicated diagrams and charts alwasy irritated and comfused me. I must say that this book 'How the Immune System Works' is an AMAZING book. As a matter of fact, the words AMAZINF, EXCELLENT, PERFECT etc are too small to completely describe what this book really is....You have to read it and then see the difference. I have started to liuke Immunology. To the author, I will only say 'GOD BLESS YOU and THANKS A LOT FOR HELPING US'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2006
This book is fantastic for the big picture overview. Must Have supplemental in addtion to your lecture notes & text. Good luck with your studies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.