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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.