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Infection and Immunity Paperback – 20 Mar 2008

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Few books are available that are suitable for a course that integrates microbiology and immunology, but this one succeeds in explaining the immune system and its role in host defense very well. Immunology is a rapidly advancing discipline and this third edition is a welcome update. (Doodys reviews)

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Professor John Playfair was formerly Chairman of the Department of Immunology at University College London Medical School. Dr Gregory Bancroft is based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lofty on 30 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm a second year undergraduate medical student at cardiff university and I needed a textbook for the immunology component of my course.

This book has many good things about it. It is well presented and is not a daunting read. I found that it aided my understanding of the topics that I needed it for a lot. The writing is clear and concise and the graphics are judiciously used and easy to understand.
the book follows a logical and easy to follow progression through a complicated field and it summarises well at the end of each section. it delivers it's sections in bitesize chunks that are easy to digest.
another good thing is that it includes lots of useful resources and references at the end of each chapter to give a platform for finding further information on a given topic or for revision aids.

the negative of this book is that it is an entry level book. It was very useful for helping me to take a step back and to improve my understanding of the various systems and without lots of intricate detail. However, it does not contain a lot of detail (it is a small book compared to my other textbooks) and is best used in conjunction with another more dense book (I use Janeways immunobiology).

therefore, if you're struggling to understand immunology, it is a very good book, but if you need to write an essay on a particular system or area, it will not help much except in providing a starting point.
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By Azlina on 29 Nov. 2012
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If you are looking for a basic book this is what you should get. I'm using it for a module in my first semester for MSc in Medical Micro. Easy enough to understand with good diagrams.
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Good companion for public health classes for those w/ less background 16 July 2012
By Castillonis - Published on
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NOTE: I have the second edtion, 2004
I used this book for a public health class, before I took an Immunology class. Immunology is usually taught as a Junior year class at university, and requires a fair number of prerequisites. This book is less demanding and a very good choice for introducing students with less background to the concepts of infection and immunity. I highly recommend this book. It will especially help a student see the forest with an adequate amount about the trees. I am going to recommend it to the students in the COURSERA vaccine class. So, I disagree with the previous review. Immunology is a more challenging subject, and this book does an excellent job for students that have less background in biology and health sciences.
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Not ideal 1 Dec. 2008
By Josi Martin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as it was our set text for a module on infection and immunity in my degree course.

I'm sure it may well be fine for those who are doing an entire degree course on this subject. However I have to warn those looking for an introduction to these subjects, but at graduate level, that this really isn't the most helpful introduction to these subjects. In fact if you can only afford one book - *don't* get this one.

The only reason I gave it two stars, rather than one, is because I respect the learning that has gone into this. However I have had to purchase other books to fill in on the basics as it's inpenetrable for someone doing these subjects for the first time.
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