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How the Immune System Works / Edition 3

How the Immune System Works / Edition 3

by Lauren M. Sompayrac


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ISBN-13: 9781405162210
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: REV
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Lauren Sompayrac, Retired Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookix
Part I.The Healthy Immune System
Lecture 1.An Overview3
Lecture 2.The Innate Immune System15
Lecture 3.B Cells and Antibodies27
Lecture 4.The Magic of Antigen Presentation43
Lecture 5.T Cells and Cytokines55
Lecture 6.Lymphoid Organs and Lymphocyte Trafficking71
Lecture 7.Tolerance Induction and MHC Restriction83
Part II.The Immune System in Disease
Lecture 8.Immunopathology: The Immune System Gone Wrong95
Lecture 9.Cancer and the Immune System109

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“How the Immune System Works remains uniquely popular for its personable and practical overview of the nuts and bolts of the immune system. This third edition provides a perfect introduction to the essential principles of the immune system, covered in humorous but highly informative 'lectures' accompanied by clear and accessible illustrations. It is perfect for exam preparation or as an enjoyable overview of a difficult subject. Both students and instructors will welcome the clarity and authority that Lauren Sompayrac brings to this timely revision. The conversational writing style makes it seem as though the author is talking to the reader directly. There is no other book currently available quite like this one. 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.” (Doody's Book Reviews, October 2008)



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!

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