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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 7th Revised edition edition (19 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0632054069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0632054060
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 0.5 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,152,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is pitched at the right level for 2nd MB students and will also act as a useful reminder to those students embarking on Part IV Pathology." St. Mary′s Hospital Gazette <!––end––>

"Professor Playfair has succeeded in offering a condensed, readable notebook or dictionary of immunology whose greatest worth rests with the simple yet intricate figures which highlight the 34 chapters." Trends in Biotechnology on the fourth edition

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Immunology at a Glance is designed to be a concise, readily accessible introduction and revision aid for undergraduate medical and science students. Following the now familiar, easy–to–use format, each topic is presented as a double–page spread with key facts accompanied by clear,
informative line diagrams illustrating the essential points.

The seventh edition of this popular immunology textbook has been completely updated to ensure that core knowledge about immunology is summarized in the ′at a glance′ format.

Immunology At A Glance will continue to appeal to all students of biomedical science and medicine who want a quick, yet thorough grasp of immunology.

  • Condenses the subject into 41 double–page spreads, each corresponding roughly to a 50 minute lecture.
  • Presents a schematic diagram on the left page and a concise explanation on the right showing the mechanisms involved in immunological processes.
  • Has been completely updated with particular emphasis on recent understanding of the genetic basis of immune responses Immunology at a Glance will continue to appeal to all students of biomedical science and medicine who want a quick, yet thorough, grasp of immunology.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book prior to going to medical school, aiming to be able to get my head around some immunology before I got there. The "at a glance" formula, giving a concise summary of a topic seemed to be ideal for this sort of thing where you wilfully sacrifice depth for breadth of coverage.

However I don't think it's a good buy. If you're after a basic grounding in everything I'd recommend Lauren M. Sompayrac's How the immune system works which is easy to read and provides a good introduction to everything. If after reading that you feel you need more depth then "at a glance" definitely isn't the book for you but I found Roitt's Essential Immunology very useful.

Judging by the number of copies of this book that appear (virtually mint) in the med-school second hand book sales, I suspect I'm not the only one to feel this way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wilson on 14 Mar. 2008
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I would not recommend this book if you wish to learn about the basics of Immunology. Other similar books are significantly better. I would recommend the Elsevier's Integrated Immunology and Microbiology instead or Immunology: An Illustrated Outline (Male).

This book was easily one of the worst books I have had the misfortune to use. Very confusing, with far too much assumed knowledge. Too complex for the At A Glance series, and certainly not for undergraduates. Some of the chapters are simply baffling and not required at an undergraduate level.

A very poor let down in the otherwise very good At A Glance series. Medicine At A Glance - buy, buy, buy. It is very good.
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By Anon on 12 Mar. 2014
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I purchased this book for just one pence excluding delivery as a used book. The book arrived 2 days before the earliest delivery estimate and looks brand new with clean pages. The book's spine showed no marks of usage. I bought a used book so that I could take it around on trains and buses and not worry about it getting damaged. But this book looks so good I've decided it stays safely at home!

The book itself is an excellent revision guide for 1st year medical students. I'm using it alongside some larger immunology books, but weeks before the exam this becomes the only Immunology book I use.

I would recommend the seller (g.e.t.b.o.o.k.s) and the book.
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By MaryJ on 24 Sept. 2013
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It's a good book to get the jist of it. If you want a lot of detail on specific aspects maybe not the one to get, but great overview of immunology.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
simply excellent 29 Mar. 2000
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This is complex stuff, and I don't think it could be made any more simple and clear than it is in this book. "At a Glance" does *not* mean that you'll be able to start with zero knowledge of immunology and come away an expert after glancing at this book. It means that it's all here and that each topic is fully covered in the space of two pages. Hence, by just glancing down at the open book you will see an entire survey of, say, "Acute inflammation". There are 41 such topics in all, grouped into several categories: natural immunity, adaptive immunity, potentially useful immunity, undesirable effects of immunity, and altered immunity.
The drawings are, as the author hints in the Preface, worth a million words or so (apiece). Because any given immune activity involves so many different cells, parts of cells, or molecules, the topic is far better understood through sketches of how the parts interact than through words alone. The sketches here are EXCELLENT -- clear, complete, well labeled... In short, just what any student wants. The material is right there in front of you for the pondering.
Each sketch is accompanied by a few paragraphs of text and a list of terms defined.
Here is what the author states in a section titled "How to use this book":
"Each of the figures... represents a particular topic, corresponding roughly to a 45-minute lecture. Newcomers to the subject may like first to read through the text (left-hand pages) using the figures only as a guide.... Once the general outline has been grasped, it is probably better to concentrate on the figures one at a time" (p.7).
A list of relevant textbooks, which provided some source material for this book, is provided.
Very highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get started learning immunology 2 Dec. 2009
By Richard Katz - Published on
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I never learned any immunology; never took a course in it, or read the textbook, just picked up what I picked up by reading peripheral journal articles. If you are like me, then buy this short book and read it cover to cover and study the pictures and you'll be amazed how much of your scattered knowledge of immunology will get pulled together. You won't want to admit to yourself how fuzzy your grasp of lots of things about the immune system is/was.
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Not very useful..... 21 Aug. 2009
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I enjoyed "Metabolism at a glance" immensely. So, I purchased this thinking it'd help me as well. This is a very poor book. For an example, for the complement system the index states that page 7 has information on this topic. However, page 7 is titled "How to use this book". Of the 4 times I've tried to use the index I was directed to a page that had nothing to do with what I was looking for. Each topic is devoted 2 pages, left and right of the open book form. The right page simply has definitions related to the topic. Left page has an illustration for the topic. But, I have yet to find clear explanation for any of the topic I wanted to learn. The cartoon illustrations are a bit too complicated and this confusion is compounded by the text saying things like "note the central role of such and the illustration" when the illustration is a bit too complex with too many arrows. I'd not buy this book.
Easy to understand 20 Dec. 2012
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This book is simply written to help someone without a large background in microbiology understand how the immune system works. The diagrams and pictures were very helpful as well.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
nice diagrams 26 Sept. 2002
By Jun Dong Moon - Published on
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diagrams are so unique that we may not catch the meaning at first. but they are very nice & well intergrated. SO impressive!
but discreted explanation is the one of draw backs. if a reader has some immunolgical back ground, this book will be good to catch complexed immune network. But no recomendation for preparing USMLE or board.
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