How the Immune System Works Paperback – Mar 25 2008
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“How the Immune System Works remains uniquely popular for its personable and practical overview of the nuts and bolts of the immune system. This third edition provides a perfect introduction to the essential principles of the immune system, covered in humorous but highly informative 'lectures' accompanied by clear and accessible illustrations. It is perfect for exam preparation or as an enjoyable overview of a difficult subject. Both students and instructors will welcome the clarity and authority that Lauren Sompayrac brings to this timely revision. The conversational writing style makes it seem as though the author is talking to the reader directly. There is no other book currently available quite like this one. Those of our students who have discovered the book have recommended it to others. When completing course evaluations, a substantial number have commented on how helpful it was.” (Doody's Book Reviews, October 2008)
From the Back Cover
The immune system has evolved as a protection from pathogenic attack. It is immensely complicated and our appreciation of this complexity increases year on year as new research reveals yet more secrets. Understanding the immune system is crucial for both medical and bioscience students. There are many books out there that offer in-depth introductions to the subject, but none that offers such a personable and practical overview of the nuts and bolts of the immune system as How the Immune System Works.
This third edition of How the Immune System Works provides a perfect introduction to the essential principles of the immune system, covered in humorous but highly informative 'lectures'. Perfect for exam preparation or as an enjoyable overview of a difficult subject.
New features of this edition include:
- More material on cancer and the immune system
- Expanded coverage of immune system regulation with a new chapter 'Turning off the Immune Rsponse'
- A new chapter on immunological memory and vaccines.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sompayrac's book is witty, fun reading. It isn't overly simplified, and will require some effort if you're a complete beginner to the field; but if you're a student, it's an invaluable resource to supplement your textbook. You can get the detailed description from the textbook; but from reading this, you'll understand why the mechanism is important.
My main regret is that I didn't think of searching for this book and buying it at the beginning of my class instead of a week before the final.
FWIW, I supplemented the Parham book with this one, and also the High-Yield Immunology book to give a detailed outline. I received an A-; I think if I had gotten both at the start, it would have been an A.
For students, this is the perfect book with which to start. For the average doctor in clinical practice, Sompayrac's book contains everything you need to know. The writing is so clear, strong and direct that I intend to read Sompayrac's other books on Virology and Cancer, two other extremely important areas of medicine.
I have been practicing medicine for 30 years, and I can tell you that most medical writing is turgid, dull, boring, flatulant, pedantic, and coma-inducing...in other words, God awful. I am hoping that medical book publishers take notice of this man's work, other writers will follow suit, and perhaps he will start a new trend.
Frederick A. Pereira, MD
EXCELLENT book...well worth the $$ and the few hours it will take to read through it!
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