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High-Yield(TM) Immunology (High-Yield Series) Paperback – August 26, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0781774697 ISBN-10: 0781774691 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: High-Yield Series
  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 2nd edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781774691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781774697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well organized, compact, easy to read.
Alternative Freak
Not only is Levinson's the best resource for microbiology, but its immunology section is fantastic for both learning and review.
A. Boyle
I agree with one of the reader, the graphs have way too much details.
Preppy Stud

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Vu on May 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
PLEASE look over some one else's copy of this book before you decide to buy it. It is INCREDIBLY nonsensical. The writing is extremely vague, and I would have to assume the only way to understand what the authors are getting at is to have already mastered the subject. It will frustrate you to no end trying to understand the pictures and seemingly arbitrary outline format. I realize I'm rambling a bit here, but this is by far the worst book I've read to prepare for the boards. The writing is simultaneously vague, incoherent, with hardly a logical progression of explanations. You'll see, look at a copy...check out chapter 8. You thought you knew this stuff? Haha, guess again. They manage to take all the easier principles, and muck it up beyond recognition. The photos/graphs/diagrams are all borrowed, so they never quite correlate with the text...you're just supposed to extrapolate the main idea somehow. This has been one painful read...I absolutely regret wasting money on this book. Can you tell I'm frustrated? Far and away, the worst read I've had yet.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Apoptosis on October 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is poorly written - because of long sentences, it's extremely difficult to read and understand; don't think that that's because it deals with difficult topics - content is extremely basic (in the worst meaning of this word) and many intricacies of this beautiful subject are completely ignored; many very high yield topics for USMLE step 1 aren't even mentioned; writing style is boring and inimaginative as well; this books is also poorly illustrated - immunology is a subject which is difficult to understand without pictures; at the same time, 'High-Yield Immunology' is extremely expensive for the number of pages and for the amount of information presented.
There are many much better reviews of immunology - try, for example, new 'USMLE Road Map: Immunology', by Parmley, with numerous well-done and useful illustrations - you'll be amazed how this author has managed to put all heavily board-tested immunology topics in just 224 pages (MCQs and index included - by the way, both these helpful features are missing in 'High-Yield Immunology'); what's more - all difficult topics are explained in a logical, clear, and uncluttered way - so different from 'High-Yield Immunology'! also, 'USMLE Road Map: Immunology' is even cheaper - by $2 - than good for nothing 'High-Yield Immunology'.
Otherwise, if you need more in-depth review, get Abbas' excellent 'Basic Immunology' - this little (336 pages) textbook is also packed with useful information and nice full-color illustrations, but it's much more expensive - $59.95.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I almost didn't buy this book after reading some of the reviews here. But I have been getting killed by the immunology questions on Kaplan's QBank, so I decided to get it after all. So far it has been a very good decision.

The best part about this book? I got it today and I am already more than 1/3 of the way through it - it is clear, concise, and easy to get through. Someone else wrote in their review of this book that people should get Levinson's immunology text instead - but it is 600+ pages! I don't have time to read that much before I take Step 1. This is a very good review book...if you are trying to learn immunology from scratch you are probably going to be lost, but the High Yield series assumes you've already taken medical school coursework and need a focused review source, not a complete course in immunology.

Pros:
-Concise
-Well organized; easy to find the information I need
-Last few sections of the book are almost entirely clinically focused - just what is needed for USMLE preparation

Cons:
-Some of the diagrams are hard to follow (but I don't know how to make the complement pathway look better, so I can't blame them)
-I would have liked a few more graphics to break up the text and help illustrate concepts.
-The review questions at the end are not very "USMLE like" - they are more straightforward basic review than actual board prep.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Preppy Stud on October 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I agree with one of the reader, the graphs have way too much details. They are not high yield at all. This book has some unnecessary details. For example, it has one big paragraph on different influenza vaccine strains from "advisory committtee on immunization practice, mmwr 2004:53 1-40." And it has select CD antigens on immune cells from CD1 all the way to CD 89 on two pages.

and some of the sentences are wordy and hard to understand, for example, on page 14, "monoclonal antibodies can also be constructed using the Fab domain from a murine antibody against a cancer-specific antigen with the mouse Fc domain removed and displaced by any number of different toxins." And the entire paragraph is one long sentence! Whoever taught the authors English obviously did not do a good job. So sometimes I have to read several times just understand them.

It does have some good information especially the last few chapters, but you can't possibly remember everything in the book, it has too many details.

I disagree with reader "apotosis", he rated 5 for the road map immunology, that book is worse than this book. That book has way too many information, if you want to get a phd on this subject that book is for you.
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