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Infection and Immunity, third edition, describes the main causes of infection that our bodies have to battle against - from bacteria to viruses, fungi to protozoa - and explains the intricate and fascinating ways that our bodies respond to infection - from detection of these potentially dangerous organisms, to their ultimate elimination. Presenting a fully-rounded, perfectly-balanced overview of the field, the book also explains how diseases spread, and what measures we can take to control this spread - from vaccination to increased awareness through public health initiatives. With examples of infectious diseases from across the world, Infection and Immunity is perfect for biomedical science, bioscience and microbiology students who need to understand what causes infection, and how our immune systems respond.
Professor John Playfair was formerly Chairman of the Department of Immunology at University College London Medical School. Dr Gregory Bancroft is based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Table of Contents
The infectious organisms
Introduction: parasites, pathogens, and immunity
Disease: virulence and susceptibility
The immune system
Defence, immunity, the immune system
External defences: entry and exit
How pathogens escape innate immunity
Disease due to innate immunity
Immunodeficiency I: primary defects of innate immunity
Adaptive immunity: introduction
B cells and antibody
T cells and the MHC
The antibody response
Regulation of immune responses and memory
How pathogens escape adaptive immunity
Disease due to adaptive immunity I: hypersensitivity
Disease due to adpative immunity II: autoimmunity
Immunodeficiency II: primary defects of adpative immunity
Immunodeficiency III: secondary immunodeficiency and AIDS
The host-pathogen balance
Control of infectious disease: vaccination
Control of infectious disease: chemotherapy
Control of infectious disease: public health measures
Viral and prion disease and immunity
Bacterial disease and immunity
Fungal disease and immunity
Protozoal disease and immunity
Helminth disease and immunity
Emerging and future infectious diseases
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