How the Immune System Works (Wiley Desktop Editions) Paperback – 20 Jan 2012
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This edition is well justified since immunology is a constantly evolving field. (Doody s, 12 July 2013)What users of the previous edition said:
"The voice of the author is one of a true teacher whose enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. There are far too many dry, "academic," or "scientific" textbooks around and this book felt very fresh in comparison." Medical Student, University of Texas, South Western Medical Center at Dallas
"As if immersed in a conversation, this book is able to balance the line between facts, humor and history. The analogies and metaphors allow such a notorious subject to be leisurely digested over a couple days. From references to the Pillsbury Doughboy, Grace Kelly, quarterbacks and the Bubble Boy, this is an entertaining read as well as an informational read." Medical Student, Eastern Virginia Medical School
"Best textbook I have ever had! I am a first–year veterinary student. This book was a required text and I am SO glad I bought it! Very thin book, super easy to read. It is like reading a good story. This is a must for anyone taking immunology." Amazon.com reviewer
From the Back Cover
How the Immune System Works is not a comprehensive textbook. It s the book thousands of students have used to help them understand what s in their big, thick, immunology texts. In this book, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon and details to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject.
Fifteen easy to follow lectures, featuring the uniquely popular humorous style and engaging analogies developed by Dr Sompayrac, provide an introduction to the bigger picture , followed by practical discussion on how each of the components interacts with one another.
Now featuring full–color diagrams, this book has been rigorously updated for its fourth edition to reflect today s immunology teaching and includes updated discussion of B and T cell memory, T cell activation, vaccines, immunodeficiency, and cancer.
Whether you are completely new to immunology, or require a refresher, How the Immune System Works is an enjoyable way of engaging with the key concepts you need know nothing of the workings of the immune system to benefit from this book!
How the Immune System Works is now accompanied by a FREE enhanced Wiley Desktop Edition – the interactive, digital version of the book – featuring downloadable text and images, highlighting and note taking facilities, book–marking, cross–referencing, in–text searching, and linking to references and glossary terms. It is also available from CourseSmart for instant, online and offline access for studying anytime, anywhere.See all Product description
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Lauren Sompayrac pulls off the rare trick of making it fun to read and easy to understand without talking down to you in the slightest. In fact, it's clear you are in the hands of an expert. He takes you into the technicalities of the immune response so this is a book where it pays to bring your concentration with you. But don't be put off - you're rewarded with a trip into the fascinating and miraculous world of immunisation. As a non-medical reader, this was a book full of wonder and your admiration for the body's immune system just grows and grows. Lauren Sompayrac is so good at guiding you to an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the immune system that I got his other book, too ('How Pathogenic Viruses Think').
If you agree with me on this note then look no further than this textbook. Admittedly if like me you do not herald from the US or watch any US sports the main analogy used in this book may not be as personal to you but it is still a great way of looking at the immune system. Prior to reading this book the only real analogy that I had ever heard used was that of comparing the immune system to a castle with defenders and invaders, this has been useful to a certain extent but didn't help to explain the more complex information you are expected to learn.
This book however with it's analogy effectively overcomes this though and approaches the immune system as though you were planning out the team relating each of the roles and actions of the different players in the immune system to the different players in the team. I can certainly say that from my personal experience, this is the first book that I have used that has actually allowed me to make sense of the immune system.
In summary if you are looking for a book that will allow you to make sense of the immune system so that you can understand better conditions that relate to it then may I encourage you to give this book a try. Why not consider getting this book out from your library or purchasing a copy for yourself as from my experience and those of other reviewers of this title I would say that you wouldn't go wrong by doing this.
Competing Interests - Student Reviewer - Received a gratis copy of this book
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