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This introductory text has been designed primarily for use in immunology courses for medical, dental, and pharmacy students, other clinical students and undergraduates. It synthesizes the established facts of immunology into a comprehensible and up-to-date account of how the immune system works. Throughout the book the emphasis is upon the human immune system and how its successes and failures affect the lives of each and every one of us. A concerted effort has been made to break down the barriers which often divide basic and clinical immunology and to use examples drawn from everyday human experience for illustrating immunological principles. Readers need no prior knowledge of immunology or microbiology but some familiarity with basic cell biology and biochemistry will be useful. Book jacket.
Peter Parham is Professor at Stanford University in the Departments of Structural Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology.
Table of Contents
Elements of the Immune System and their Roles in Defense
Antibody Structure and the Generation of B-Cell Diversity
Antigen Recognition by T Lymphocytes
The Development of B Lymphocytes
The Development of T Lymphocytes
T-Cell Mediated Immunity
Immunity Mediated by B Cells and Antibodies
The Body's Defenses Against Infection
Failures of the Body's Defenses
Over-reactions of the Immune System
Disruption of Healthy tissue by the Immune Response