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Essentials of Clinical Immunology - Includes Wiley E-text 6E Paperback – 24 Jan 2014
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I like the book very much, Well structured around organ system that makes it easy to learn about a specific problem for example around a patient. (Anders Fasth, University of Gothenburg)
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Essentials of Clinical Immunology provides the most up–to–date, core information required to understand diseases with an immunological basis. Clinically focussed, the sixth edition of this classic text presents theoretical and practical information in a simple yet thorough way.
Essentials of Clinical Immunology covers the underlying pathophysiology, the signs and symptoms of disease, the investigations required and guidance on the management of patients.
Perfect for clinical medical students, junior doctors and medical professionals seeking a refresher in the role of immunology in clinical medicine, this comprehensive text features fully updated clinical information, boxes with key points, real–life case histories to illustrate key concepts and an index of contents at the start of each chapter.
A companion website at www.immunologyclinic.com provides additional learning tools, including more case studies, interactive multiple–choice questions and answers, all of the photographs and illustrations from the book, links to useful websites, and a selection of review articles from the journal Clinical and Experimental Immunology.
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The advantages are that there are useful diagrams within the title to use in enabling your understanding of immunology and how it applies to each of the specific organ systems. The title also includes summaries of the clinical considerations at the start of most chapters which are good as a kind of chapter overview.
The disadvantage of this title I found was that it was more detailed than a student would be expected to know in clinical practice. The detail perhaps is useful if you are learning about these for the first time in a PBL based process but there are other titles such as Muir's and/or Underwood's Pathology titles which contain this detail along with anatomy of the organs involved.
In conclusion this could be a useful title for use by medical students but I would encourage you to firstly get it out of your university library if it is available there in order to assess whether it is in a style useful to yourself.
Competing Interests: Medical Student Reviewer - Received a Gratis copy of this title for Review from the Publisher
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would only start with this if you already have basic immunology under your belt
the clinical cases are very stimulating
The information is scientific and clinical enough to be relevant to a person practicing in a hospital, but it's not so crazy as a true medical text might be (where things are broken down to chemical composition and reactions). I did find myself reading about situations I tend to run across (anaphylaxis, for example) wishing they were a tad more in-depth. That's OK though - this book gives a good starting point and/or refresher of the big picture.
One of the key strengths of the book is how it's organized by body region or type of immunity issue. This makes a clear cut boundary when looking for specific issues
For someone practicing in a surgical ICU, the section on transplants is a bit weak. That's the only area I found disappointing in the whole book... perhaps because I'm already knowledgeable in that regard. I would've liked to see that expanded though.
Overall, this is a solid text for someone who needs some extra help understanding immunology with a clinical focus. It's not going to be your reference/bible, but it will certainly provide a good understanding. I guess that goes with the territory of a book entitled "Essentials of..."
That said, if cost is still an issue, the 5th edition (2006) is often available a bit more inexpensively and is quite similar: Essentials of Clinical Immunology
Thieme also has a similar text, their Color Atlas of Immunology (Thieme Flexibook), that is also nice, if a bit smaller and perhaps more dated. It's quite reasonably priced used though, if you just want a book for the fundamentals.
Anyway, while this is not a full-on textbook like Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice, it is an excellent, up-to-date book, and likely contains enough information on immunology for most medical practitioners.
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