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Basic Immunology Updated Edition: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 3e [Paperback]

Abul K. Abbas MBBS , Andrew H. H. Lichtman MD PhD
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26 Jan 2010 141605569X 978-1416055693 3

This updated 3rd edition of Basic Immunology provides a readable and concise introduction to the workings of the human immune system, with emphasis on clinical relevance. The format makes learning easy with short, easy-to-read chapters, color tables, key point summaries, and review questions in every chapter. You'll get the latest coverage on regulatory T cells, biology of the Th17 subset of CD4+ T cells, and more. The full-color artwork, comprehensive glossary, and clinical cases are just some of the features that reinforce and test your understanding of how the immune system functions. Student Consult online access lets you search the full text online and pursue further study through integration links.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 3 edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141605569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416055693
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Today's immunology, at its current level of complexity, could not be put into 232 pages of text in a more comprehensive, yet accessible, way." - American Journal of Epidemiology, review of previous edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 15 Mar 2013
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The book provides a good balance of width and depth - it can be used to get general information but it also can be used for more intense study.
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At first glance at the title and the size of the book, I thought this book would not include much of the material that I need for PBL/lecture notes. However, this book has much more than it looks. The chapters are very similar to the different lecture topics and spread in a very logical fashion, such that one could read from cover to cover. With abundance of diagrams and tables, it allows many different types of learners to absorb the abstract ideas of immunology. One issue/problem about this book is that although the book is `basic', there are a lot of material that goes above the typical medical school curriculum, so I won't recommend this book as a `crash course' book, but more as a textbook to learn and elaborate your notes from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, great service 13 April 2011
By Toni
I wanted just to thank Amazon for its service. The book arrived much earlier before the predicted time,astonishing me for its unpredictable arrival. As about the book, the text is very well written and very understandable, associated with great pictures which help you easily memorize the content.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but leaves out a lot. 5 Mar 2011
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This is a concise version of the full "Cellular and Molecular Immunology" by the same author. I read this book cover to cover as a MS-1. Now a MS-2 preparing for step1, I feel that, while the pictures are good and you can go through it very quickly (just over 200 pages),the book leaves out a lot of important information that are essential in understanding the mechanisms of immune responses and their application to specific diseases. After I finish a chapter, I often feel I just get fed hard, general facts without understanding the "WHY".

In comparison, the full book this book is based on, the "Cellular and Molecular Immunology," though much bigger (~600 pages), it offers much clearer explanation of how and why an immune response work a certain way. In the end I got a lot more out of the bigger book than this one. If I had a second chance, I'd spend more time and about 10 bucks more and just get the bigger book the first time around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immunology Made Easy 20 Dec 2010
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This book is excellent for getting the "big picture" when it comes to learning immunology. It has great illustrations with concise explanations to boot. I would recommend this to anyone learning immunology for the first time and as a supplemental text for anyone in the medical sciences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 30 Jan 2011
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I'm a first year medical student and this was the required text for class. I also bought Levinson's Review of Micro, which many students use for the Immunology section (and question bank). I thought the Abbas was much easier to read, and presented things in a very logical fashion. The chapters on T cell and B cell response are split up according to recognition and effector response, which I thought was a little unnecessary. They also repeat material each chapter, so you could technically read it out of order and still get the concepts. I like this, because it exposed me to certain key ideas over and over again, making them easier to remember. I prefer this text over Levinson, which I tried to read a few days before our exam, but only lead to confusion. This text has a lot of pictures, which makes chapters a lot shorter in terms of wording, and I also like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 7 Dec 2010
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This book is only 12 chapters with the first one being an absolutely confusing overview of the entire book. What I've come to find about the book is that you can skip all the words and read the pictures if you really wanted. There are pictures on almost every page and it is almost as if the text supplements the pictures. Overall pretty easy to understand and gives a good basic overview of immunology.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not crystal clear and passive voice 6 Feb 2013
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The book tries to simplify concepts by being unusually repetitive instead of clearly stating and restating major concepts. Also, too much use of the passive voice made reading it immensely boring. However, what the book sets out to accomplish is very great - that is to present an area of science in a very clear and simplistic manner that underlines the central concepts and terminology.
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