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The immune system is crucial to the normal functioning of the human body. Acting like the body's "military," it prevents invaders from entering and destroys those that slip past its defenses. The Immune System discusses the body's fundamental defense system, from its parts to what happens when the body's defenses are breached. Packed with full-color images, this absorbing book also provides readers with information about immune disorders and potential new therapies to enhance and repair the immune system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604133721
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Human Body: How It Works Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Denton A. Cooley 6

1 How Important Is the Immune System? 10

2 Innate Immunity and Defenses 21

3 Cells, Tissues, and Organs of the Immune System 34

4 Humoral Immunity 46

5 Antibody Synthesis 55

6 Cell-Mediated Immunity 65

7 Importance of Vaccines 73

8 Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases 82

9 Immune Reactions as a Scientific Tool 100

Appendix: Conversion Chart 113

Glossary 114

Bibliography 120

Further Resources 121

Picture Credits 123

Index 124

About the Author 128

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