Veterinary Immunology / Edition 9

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Overview

The only complete resource on immunology for veterinary students and practitioners, Veterinary Immunology: An Introduction features a straightforward presentation of basic immunologic principles with comprehensive information on the most significant immunological diseases and responses seen in domestic animals. This meticulously updated new edition explores the latest advances in the field and provides a wealth of clinical examples that illustrate and clarify important concepts.

  • Comprehensive coverage of vaccines and vaccine usage, allergies and allergic diseases, and autoimmunity and immunodeficiencies, prepare you for the multiple immunologic issues you will encounter in practice.
  • A wealth of clinical examples clearly illustrate key concepts and offer practical strategies for diagnosing and treating immunologic disorders in the clinical setting.
  • More than 500 full-color diagrams and illustrations visually demonstrate and clarify complex issues.
  • Completely updated section on innate immunity includes new chapters on natural killer (NK) cells and systemic responses to infection to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
  • New information on genomics and molecular diagnostic techniques explores how the emerging field of genomics impacts disease resistance and immunology in general, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of immunological and infectious diseases.
  • Updated content provides new information on well-recognized older diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as current information on new diseases such as devil facial tumor disease and bovine neonatal pancytopenia.
  • Expanded coverage brings you the latest knowledge on resistance to infection, such as vaccine usage, especially with respect to duration of immunity, the effects of key vitamins and lipids on immune responses, the effects of old age on immunity, and both antiviral and parasitic immunity.
  • Diagnostic tests described throughout the text include a new section on the analysis of ELISA test data, as well as a brief summary of molecular diagnostic techniques.
  • Coverage reflecting a significant change in the overall view of immunology provides you with the foundational knowledge needed to grasp the broad pattern of immunologic reactions and understand how the immune system functions as an interconnected network, rather than a series of independent pathways.
  • New discussions of the critical importance of commensal bacteria and intestinal flora explain help you understand the importance of this normal flora with respect to antibacterial immunity, allergies, and autoimmunity, while at the same time providing a broader view of the animal body and its microflora as a "superorganism."
  • A discussion of the importance of adipose tissue in immunity and inflammation addresses the epidemic of obesity in domestic pets and the extraordinary growth rates expected of domestic livestock.
  • The section on inflammatory mechanisms has been divided into separate chapters focusing on the detection of invaders and the mediators of inflammation to incorporate the vast amount of new information on pattern recognition receptors and the ways in which they warn the body of microbial invasion.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Laura D Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Updated considerably from the 2008 edition, this detailed book on veterinary immunology also provides an excellent overview of the complexities of the immune system while presenting specifics regarding a range of animal species where appropriate.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the incredible complexities of the immune system in a way that does not overwhelm readers with needless detail while also not oversimplifying the subject. For a true understanding of the topic, some specific details are critical. Balancing the amount of information presented while clearly showing the elaborate and multifaceted aspects of the immune system is indeed a worthy goal, and this edition accomplishes the author's objectives admirably.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written for educated veterinary practitioners as well as for veterinary students.
Features: This book covers all aspects of the immune system, from overview aspects, such as innate vs. acquired immunity, to details about specific cells, receptors, and cytokines involved in various immune responses. Autoimmunity, tumor resistance, hypersensitivity, and diagnostic techniques are some of the topics that it explores. Overall, the book is clearly written, provides appropriate detail for a clear understanding of the subject matter, has excellent color figures, and connects and cross-references chapters in overlapping topics (a common feature of the immune system!). Each chapter begins with a helpful outline and list of key points. The book comes with an associated website with many helpful features, including monthly updates on this rapidly evolving topic via summaries of newly published articles.
Assessment: Overall, this edition is an outstanding contribution to the field. The huge amount of new information that has emerged since the previous edition makes this update crucial. It will be very helpful for veterinary students as well as veterinarians looking to gain an improved understanding of this important topic.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Laura D Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: Updated considerably from the 2008 edition, this detailed book on veterinary immunology also provides an excellent overview of the complexities of the immune system while presenting specifics regarding a range of animal species where appropriate.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the incredible complexities of the immune system in a way that does not overwhelm readers with needless detail while also not oversimplifying the subject. For a true understanding of the topic, some specific details are critical. Balancing the amount of information presented while clearly showing the elaborate and multifaceted aspects of the immune system is indeed a worthy goal, and this edition accomplishes the author's objectives admirably.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written for educated veterinary practitioners as well as for veterinary students.
Features: This book covers all aspects of the immune system, from overview aspects, such as innate vs. acquired immunity, to details about specific cells, receptors, and cytokines involved in various immune responses. Autoimmunity, tumor resistance, hypersensitivity, and diagnostic techniques are some of the topics that it explores. Overall, the book is clearly written, provides appropriate detail for a clear understanding of the subject matter, has excellent color figures, and connects and cross-references chapters in overlapping topics (a common feature of the immune system!). Each chapter begins with a helpful outline and list of key points. The book comes with an associated website with many helpful features, including monthly updates on this rapidly evolving topic via summaries of newly published articles.
Assessment: Overall, this edition is an outstanding contribution to the field. The huge amount of new information that has emerged since the previous edition makes this update crucial. It will be very helpful for veterinary students as well as veterinarians looking to gain an improved understanding of this important topic.
Thomas E. Eurell
The fifth edition of this well-organized text presents a concise overview of veterinary immunology. It is divided into 37 chapters that cover basic concepts such as antigens, antibodies, and inflammation and applied information such as serology, vaccines, autoimmunity, and immune deficiencies. It also contains a complete glossary and a useful table of abbreviations. The purpose is to provide a general introduction to fundamental immunologic concepts as they relate to veterinary medicine. This book is written as an introductory text for veterinary students and a reference for practicing veterinarians. The line drawings are excellent, and they are important to the overall presentation of the material. A comprehensive glossary and annotated listing of selected CD molecules is a useful feature of this text. The author has presented an effective organization of important concepts to help students and practicing veterinarians establish a sound foundation in modern veterinary immunology. Complementary information on protein biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and selected disease conditions provide the reader with a broad context for understanding fundamental immunologic concepts. The depth of coverage, narrative content, and narrative style are consistently appropriate for the intended audience and make the book very easy to read. Sufficient new information is presented to justify replacing the previous edition.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455703623
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 853,481
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. The Defense of the Body
  2. Innate Immunity: The Recognition of Invaders
  3. Innate Immunity: Proinflammatory and Antimicrobial Mediators
  4. Innate Immunity: Neutrophils and Phagocytosis
  5. Innate Immunity: Macrophages and Recovery from Inflammation
  6. Systemic Responses to Inflammation
  7. Innate Immunity: The Complement System
  8. Cell Signaling: Cytokines and Their Receptors
  9. Antigens: Triggers of Adaptive Immunity
  10. Dendritic Cells and Antigen Processing
  11. The Major Histocompatibility Complex
  12. Organs of the Immune System
  13. Lymphocytes
  14. Helper T Cells and Their Response to Antigen
  15. B Cells and Their Response to Antigen
  16. Antibodies: Soluble Antigen Receptors
  17. How Antigen-Binding Receptors are made
  18. T-Cell Function and the Destruction of Cell-Associated Invaders
  19. The Third Lymphocyte Population: Natural Killer Cells
  20. Regulation of Adaptive Immunity
  21. Immunity in the Fetus and Newborn
  22. Immunity at Body Surfaces
  23. Vaccines and Their Production
  24. The Use of Vaccines
  25. Immunity to Bacteria and Fungi
  26. Immunity to Viruses
  27. Immunity to Parasites
  28. Type I Hypersensitivity
  29. Red Cell Antigens and Type II Hypersensitivity
  30. Immune Complexes and Type III Hypersensitivity
  31. Type IV Hypersensitivity: Delayed Hypersensitivity
  32. Organ Graft Rejection
  33. Resistance to Tumors
  34. Autoimmunity: General Principles
  35. Organ-Specific Autoimmune Diseases
  36. The Systemic Immunological Diseases
  37. Primary Immunodeficiencies
  38. Secondary Immunological Defects
  39. Drugs and Other Agents That Affect the Immune System
  40. The Evolution of the Immune System
  41. Immunodiagnostic Techniques

Appendix 1: Annotated List Of Selected CD Molecules

Appendix 2: Some Selected Cytokines

Glossary

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