The top-selling short course book for undergraduates and medical students
Now in its Sixth Edition, this widely acclaimed textbook has been updated and revised to incorporate new findings in the field of immunology. Providing a concise yet thorough introduction to the subject, this text continues to provide complete coverage of all key topics in modern immunology without overburdening the reader with excessive detail or theoretical discussions. Each chapter is divided into short, self-contained units that address key topics illustrated by uniformly drawn, full-color illustrationsmany brand- new to this edition.
Immunology: A Short Course, Sixth Edition includes completely rewritten or new coverage of key topics such as: toll-like receptors, their ligands, and intracellular activation pathways; development of T-cell subsets; mucosal immunity; the role of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) in somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination; the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene in self-tolerance and autoimmunity; and complement activation pathways.
Each chapter is complemented with bulleted summaries and review questions with detailed answers. The book also contains an extensive glossary. Written in a clear, user-friendly style, this text is suitable for integrated courses that cover microbiology, immunology, and pathology, as well as focused immunology courses. An updated Web site provides relevant online resources including downloadable figures and tables used in the text.
Reviewer:Marion C. Cohen, PhD(University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-NJMS)
Description:This fifth edition of a basic textbook for students of immunology is based on the premise that less is more and focuses on what the authors believe is the essential need to know material for those new to the field. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose:The purpose is to present a balanced and complete view of immunology that includes both basic scientific and clinical perspectives. The book has been written in a way that describes key topics without excessive detail or theoretical discussion. In this regard, it meets the needs of undergraduate and beginning graduate students as well as medical students and dental students. For the student who is overwhelmed by details in many courses, this is an excellent approach to learning basic concepts. The book meets the authors' objectives.
Audience:According to the authors, the book has been written for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Dental students would also find it useful. The authors are authorities in the field and this fifth edition represents an evolution in presentation.
Features:The book covers all of the material one would expect to find in a textbook for a basic immunology course. A clinical case study accompanies many of the chapters and there are review questions that accompany each chapter. There is some information that is not always found in immunology texts. A section on neoplasias of the lymphoid system is included in the chapter on immunodeficiency diseases. The chapter on resistance and immunization to infectious diseases provides good information on passive and active immunization. The chapters on tolerance and autoimmunity have been combined, which better reflects how some of us are now teaching these topics. There is a Web site that is an additional resource where updates will appear. The figures and tables that appear in the fourth edition are available on the site, but most instructors would expect to have access to the figures in the current edition; while most of the figures are the same in the two editions, there are additions to the fifth edition. Moreover, there are slight changes in the order of the chapters which means that some of the figure numbers are not identical. Perhaps the authors felt this was a minor inconvenience, but when preparing lectures it is not.
Assessment:This is an excellent textbook. It is very readable and the figures are easy to understand. While it is not as detailed as some books, it contains more than a sufficient amount of information for a basic course. Because of changes in the field, the preparation of a new edition is quite justified.