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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley VCH; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527324127
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527324125
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I recommend it highly to all aspiring immunologists.”  ( The Biologist , 1 February 2013) “I cannot do less than to honestly recommend it.”  ( European Journal of Immunology , 1 December 2012) “However, the authors also address readers at a higher professional level.  Indeed, it might be interesting for them, too, because Exploring Immunologyis a book whose title keeps its promise.”  ( Lab Times , 1 November 2012)

About the Author

Gordon MacPherson is Reader in Experimental Pathology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford and Tutor in Medicine, Oriel College Oxford. He has taught immunology to medical students for over 30 years in lectures, practical classes and tutorials at both introductory and Honours levels. He teaches all aspects of immunology, and in tutorials also covers microbiology and general pathology. His research interests are in immune regulation, particularly mucosal immunity, and the properties and roles of dendritic cells. He has published many papers (experimental and reviews) and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences Jon Austyn is Professor of Immunobiology in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the University of Oxford. He has taught extensively in all areas of fundamental immunology over many years, and designed the MSc course in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford, which he now co–directs. Jon Austyn has over 25 years research experience of dendritic cell immunobiology, particularly as applied to transplantation, infectious diseases and more recently cancer. He was recently awarded with distinction the Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education by the University of Oxford.

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By Mr. Philip Harkins VINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2013
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This is a book geared towards medical students, but still is useful to so,done wanting to gain an understanding of the way that the immune system functions and works in humans.
Has useful 'case histories' which make the learning process a bit easier as your not dealing with abstract facts.
Could be useful for children's school projects, but possibly 'overkill' as its far too detailed to be of much use that way...
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2013
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For such an incredibly broad and complex subject, authors Gordon MacPherson and Jon Austyn have provided a well presented introduction to the field with good quality colour diagrams and clear text. Concepts are built upon steadily, sometimes simplifying earlier on before expanding into a fuller picture in subsequent sections - chapters are designed to be independent so it is possible to plunge straight in to certain areas dependent on previous knowledge. There are questions within the text (designed to test the student's critical facilities, and which do not always have a definitive answer), as well as end of chapters questions to test comprehension, and moreover further study questions.

As someone with a scientific but not biological educational background but with an interest in the subject matter, this is proving to be an accessible induction into immunology.
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By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2012
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I am not a science student but I do have a lot of interest in Immunology and wanted a book to help expand my very basic understanding.
The first chapter is "The Immune System" and gives a basic and comprehensive understanding to get things started.
I found this very helpful and interesting, a good place to start for a non-student.

Other chapters include: Infection and Immunity, Functional Anatomy of the Immune System, Innate Immunity, T-Cell Mediated Immunity, Anti-Body Immunity, Immunity , Disease and Therapy.

The Illustrations are well executed and attractive. Clearly drawn using different colours making them easy to understand, and plentiful throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJP the Book Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov 2012
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Exploring Immunology Concepts and Evidence

This was one of my favourite topics at University and inspired me to look at how genetics influenced the immune system. This led to a very satisfying career in science.
This is an excellent Immunology textbook. It scores on many fronts, including being well written, structured and illustrated.

The book is in several sections from the introduction to explaining the key elements and concepts of immunology. The text then develops the basic themes into six detailed chapters:

The immune system,

Infection and immunity,

Functional anatomy of the immune system,

T Cell mediated immunity,

Antibody mediated immunity,

Immunity disease and therapy,

Each chapter has been well researched and is presented in a logical and accessible way (not common for a text book!). The language is succinct and supported with many excellent diagrams to help understand each of the major components of the immune system and how it all works. The book has a useful set of revision questions at the back and a useful index.

Overall
This is a very well presented and researched text book. It should be on the reading list of any undergraduate studying medicine or human biological sciences. An engaging, interesting, and informative read about a fascinating subject. Highly recommended.
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