Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5e

By | May 8, 2018
Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5e

In this updated edition of Basic Immunology, the authors continue to deliver a clear, modern introduction to immunology, making this the obvious choice for today’s busy students. Their experience as teachers, course directors, and lecturers helps them to distill the core information required to understand this complex field. Through the use of high-quality illustrations, relevant clinical cases, and concise, focused text, it’s a perfectly accessible introduction to the workings of the human immune system, with an emphasis on clinical relevance.

  • Concise, clinically focused content is logically organized by mechanism for efficient mastery of the material.
  • Features an appendix of clinical cases and CD molecules.
  • Includes numerous full-color illustrations, useful tables, and chapter outlines.
  • Focus questions within each chapter are ideal for self-assessment and review.
  • Key points bolded throughout the text make it easy to locate important information.
  • Presents information in a format and style that maximizes usefulness to students and teachers studying medicine, allied health fields, and biology.
  • Fully updated content equips you with the latest relevant advances in immunology.
  • Revised and updated artwork enhances your visual learning of important principles and reduces the excessive factual details found in larger textbooks.
  • Twelve brand-new animations available on Student Consult help further explain complex concepts.
  • Student Consult eBook version included with purchase. This enhanced eBook experience gives you access to the text, figures, images, glossary of immunology terms, self-assessment questions, and references on a variety of devices.

  • Basic Immunology Functions and Disorders of the Immune System

3 thoughts on “Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5e

  1. MS-3
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly recommended., February 7, 2016

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    This review is from: Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5e (Paperback)
    Sufficiently well written and concise that I read and annotated the entire book within the first week of my immunology course. It’s well-organized and at a proper level of depth; in fact, after comparing the course syllabus and lectures to this textbook, I have completely ignored the course materials in favor of using the text (disclosure: I took an immunology course in undergrad). It is clear that some topics are only superficially covered, but in every instance, a deeper level of detail would be excessive for medical student purposes. This book sets out with a particular goal in mind (discussed in the preface), and it does exactly that — no more, no less. Highly recommended.

    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.

  2. Amazon Customer
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    … is organized well and would seem to offer a great explanation of immunology, November 13, 2015

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    The book is organized well and would seem to offer a great explanation of immunology, other than the fact that the author’s writing style is very wordy and kind of weird in my opinion. I don’t really understand sentences fully the first time I read them, and not because of the content but because of how it is written. I think it’s a very passive and wordy writing style. That’s just my opinion though. It seem to be a great book, but I don’t like his sentence structure and word order. I’ll give an example:

    On page 13, the author gives an overview on how antigens are presented to T cells and B cells. In the first few sentences, he says that specialized cells present antigens to T cells. In the next few, he addresses how antigens are presented to B cells like this: “Less is known about cells that may capture antigens for display to B lymphocytes. B lymphocytes may directly recognize the antigens of microbes (either released or on the surface of the microbes), or macrophages lining the lymphatic channels may capture antigens and display them to B cells.” The use of the word ‘may’ makes it seem like it is not understood how antigens are presented to B cells, and they may do this or they may do that, we don’t know. But you later find out that they do both (at least as far as I know), and the author probably should have used the word ‘can,’ as in they can do this or they can do that, but we don’t know a lot about it.

    I’d suggest reading a little bit of the book in the preview to see if you like it. If you do like the writing style, the book is great. Everything is laid out well and its all good information with great explanations without any fluff.

    Edit: I’ve read more of the book now, and I like it a lot more. I don’t run into problems with his writing style anymore. I don’t know if it changed throughout the first couple chapter, or I got used to it, or it was just me in the first chapter. One thing I have noticed is that the author seems to do a really good job about introducing material. Every time I start reading about a new idea, i have seen it before earlier in the book. He does this in a really seamless and fluid manner, and it is really helpful. It is really easy to understand new topics as he talks about them. I changed my rating from 3/5 to 5/5.

  3. Anonymous
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Immno text, April 3, 2018
    Jessica (Tampa) –

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    This review is from: Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5e (Paperback)
    This was a required text for my Public Health Immunology class (upper level Health Sciences elective in Undergrad). This text is not for a layman, it is an in depth and technical introduction to immunology at the scientific level. Not sure if it is on par with medical text books since I am still in premed, but this text did not skim on the nitty gritty. Lots of information, lots of images and diagrams. It was overwhelming at first, and I am used to reading scientific literature, so I would not recommend if you want something super basic, this will make your head spin. This book went into more detail than my professor actually covered and tested us on since the text is at a higher level than the actual introductory course we are taking. I’m sure it will serve as a good reference point if I need to review immuno in med school. Came with free online version which is a nice deal. The immune system is amazing, fascinating, complex, and impressive! You will be in awe at the amazing things happening inside your body! Loved this class and this book.

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