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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273730681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273730682
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Nice book size, clear helpful diagrams and reasonable sized chapters, useful glossary. Helpful revision and updates in a fast changing field" - Peter Bentley, Head of Biology Department, City University

 

 "A very accessible text for students. The diagrams are clear and there are good Q&A sections" - Anne Humphreys, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University

 


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'Brilliant combination of illustrations, content and question/answer sections. Good balance between theoretical immunology and case studies make it very useful for both lecturers and students.' - Professor Olivier Sparagano, Northumbria University

 

Understanding Immunology is a well-established introduction to this complex subject for readers with no previous exposure. It is aimed primarily at undergraduates in biological sciences, biomedical sciences and medicine. The selection and order of topic coverage is designed to instruct effectively, and a variety of boxed examples add depth and historical context for those readers wanting to go beyond the essentials.

 

The first part of the book (Chapters 1 to 11) takes students through the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and describes the molecules, cells and tissues of the immune system that provide protection against a wide variety of pathogens. It also describes how mankind has utilised the immune system, from the development of vaccines to the production of reagents for use in the clinic and laboratory. The final four chapters describe how the immune system operates in disease situations such as allergy, autoimmunity and transplantation.

 

This third edition is revised to cover the latest experimental and clinical changes in the subject, particularly those in the development of lymphocytes; the different types of CD4 helper T cells; the use of antibodies, including monoclonal antibodies, as experimental and clinical tools; and immunological tolerance.

 

Dr. Peter Wood is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has over 20 years of teaching experience, both in the UK and in the USA, and is widely published in the literature. His current research interest is the role of cytokines in the development of diabetes. 

 


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I am not a student of immunology, however many of my friends who are studying certain sciences and have immunology thrust upon them, due to the degrees they have chosen, won't stop talking about this book in a huge complimentary way, even when we're out drinking and trying to relax. So, I took a look at it myself and found my basic 101 biochemistry helped me understand many of the concepts highlighted in this book because it is written in a comprehensive style. What really impress me was how the book is structured (structuring topics is my favourite skill - taking a topic and breaking it down into understandable facets is a challenge I enjoy and make a living out of). Dr Wood has taken a very complex subject that is, lets be honest, daunting, yet his abilitiy to break immunology into understandable facets is remarkable. Most of my mates who study this subject are too lazy to write a review for this book, and I've given up badgering them to get off their bums to do so. When they rabbit on and on about its great virtues I stick my fingers in my ears and sing a little song. Trouble is most people are complacent, even your bezzy mates, bless them. I've never been complacent, if something is brilliant, I want to tell the world about it. This is a great book, a book that will help those studying this complex subject get to grips with it.
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Good for first year medical students doing Project Based Learning courses. Probably should be on the Must Have list they don't give you. Immunology presented in a digestible, understandable book that conveys the necessary info in a satifying, knowledge-building and speedy way. No time wasting.
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By Jan on 26 Jun. 2014
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An excellent reference book in this complex field. Daughter is using it for her MSc course - so far, so good.
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