How the Immune System Works – 5th Edition (2016) (PDF) Lauren M. Sompayrac

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Basic Information:

  • Year: 2016
  • Page Number: 160
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 4.64 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Lauren M. Sompayrac

Description:

How the Immune System Works has helped thousands of students understand what’s in their big, thick, immunology textbooks. In his book, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon and details to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject.

In fifteen easy-to-read chapters, featuring the humorous style and engaging analogies developed by Dr. Sompayrac, How the Immune System Works explains how the immune system players work together to protect us from disease – and, most importantly, why they do it this way.

Rigorously updated for this fifth edition, How the Immune System Works includes the latest information on subjects such as vaccines, the immunology of AIDS, and cancer. A highlight of this edition is a new chapter on the intestinal immune system – currently one of the hottest topics in immunology.

User’s Review:

Incredibly helpful. I’m a first-year medical student, and I struggled with Immuno. My TA recommended this book as a high-level overview that could help me develop a framework for the detailed information we were learning in class. She was right. This book gives some color and interest to the otherwise dry alphabet soup that is introductory Immunology. The writing is clear and engaging, and it ends up feeling like you’re reading a story rather than a textbook.

In 1998, I wrote the first edition of How the Immune System Works because I couldn’t find a book that would give my students an overall view of the immune system. What was missing was a short book that tells, in simple language, how the immune system fits together – a book that presents the big picture of the immune system, without the jargon and the details. This, the newest edition of my little book, continues that tradition.
For the fifth edition, I’ve updated all the lectures to include the latest information. I’ve also added a new lecture on the intestinal immune system. Our knowledge of how the immune system deals with the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that inhabit our intestines is still evolving. However, enough is now known to see the rough outlines of how this important arm of the immune system works. In addition to this new material, I’ve also made some “style changes” that I think will make the fifth edition even easier to use. For example, I’ve included a short “Heads Up!” section at the beginning of each lecture to alert my readers to the important topics that will be covered. Also, essential words and phrases are now highlighted in red where they first appear in the text, and a summary of important concepts is included at the end of each lecture.
Although How the Immune System Works is used as the textbook for some immunology courses, I suspect that most students buy this book and then carry it around in a brown paper bag – so their professor won’t know what they are reading in order to make sense of the lectures! Indeed, How the Immune System Works has become a bit of a cult book, as thousands of students have used it to help them master this difficult subject. I’ve been told that I even have a “fan club” on Facebook. How cool is that?
I believe this fifth edition is the best one yet. I hope you will think so too. – Review by Author –

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