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Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 4e Paperback – 26 Nov 2012
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"The book is another of the successful endeavours of the authors to teach basic immunology to beginners and summarise the main concepts of science in an easily readable way...Basic Immunology is an excellent up-to-date piece of work that covers all the major topics of immunology. The text is comprehensible and the concepts are written in a way that will satisfy the non-specialist reader and will keep their interest high till the end...To sum up, this is fine textbook, addressed mainly to those of a non-immunological background...it is a good start for undergraduate students or the general public who wish to make their first attempt to grasp immunological concepts."
British Society of Immunology, May 2013
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Reading for USMLE from this was nice and one could crack the uworld questions without any problems.
Before I continue I want to point out that this book is written by American authors so you need to be aware from the outset that there are numerous spelling differences to the UK system of diagnosis that you must be cautious of.
As it's title implies it is a basic immunology book. It's advantages are that it is perhaps one of the smallest immunology books I have seen and own both in height and thickness so could be carried around with you. The book does have excellent usage of computer generated diagrams throughout to compliment the text. There are in addition high quality photomicrograph images in most chapters as well. The final section (appendix) of this book does include some clinical cases for the reader to work through which look useful at applying this knowledge.
Perhaps the thing that disappointed me most about this book however was the fact that in most chapters where clinical conditions are mentioned, this is not done in a clinical context. By this I mean that they book itself says that it will not give you the signs and symptoms you would expect with each of the conditions that are mentioned. They rationale for this is that other books include such information, however given the current financial climate in which students can't afford to buy loads of books anymore, I feel this is a downfall.Read more ›
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Update: Crushed the final for my course, beating the mean by over 1 standard deviation. Your mileage may vary, but I attribute a lot of my understanding of immunology to this book.
The book is organized from simple concepts to more advanced ones, with each chapter building upon the previous. Sometimes it can get a little confusing, because your thinking "Wait...it's chapter 8 and this stuff we talked about in chapter 3?" Then you get to the end of the chapter and you realize that they are going way more in depth than before, and adding in new theories and information.
There are a few mistakes, but our professor found most of them. The visuals are really intense, even down to what color things are specifies individual things (except for a few mistakes, as mentioned).
I'd recommend making sure you get a new copy so you get the online version also. It's super handy to be able to search for terms and find them through all the chapters really quick.