How the Immune System Works, Includes Desktop Edition

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 30, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 152 pages
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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.


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Review: How the Immune System Works (How It Works)

User Review  - Amr Khaled - Goodreads

One hell of a side dish This book was written for the purpose of clarification. It was not written for the purpose of full elucidation. Nor was it written for the purpose of competition. It's simply ... Read full review

Review: How the Immune System Works (How It Works)

User Review  - Mike Blackmer - Goodreads

The best review of Immunology that I have found. Most review books give a fragmented view. This book provides an intuitive understanding of the immune system. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying Immunology or reviewing it for USMLE Step 1. Read full review


The Innate Immune System
B Cells and Antibodies
The Magic of Antigen Presentation
T Cell Activation
T Cells at Work
destroy infected cells
Restraining the Immune System
Immunological Memory
A Critique of the Immune System

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About the author (2012)

Professor Lauren Sompayrac is formerly of the University of Colorado at Boulder

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