- Series: The How it Works Series
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (October 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118997778
- ISBN-13: 978-1118997772
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How the Immune System Works has helped thousands of students understand what’s in their big, thick, immunology textbooks. In his book, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon and details to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject.
In fifteen easy-to-read chapters, featuring the humorous style and engaging analogies developed by Dr. Sompayrac, How the Immune System Works explains how the immune system players work together to protect us from disease – and, most importantly, why they do it this way.
Rigorously updated for this fifth edition, How the Immune System Works includes the latest information on subjects such as vaccines, the immunology of AIDS, and cancer. A highlight of this edition is a new chapter on the intestinal immune system – currently one of the hottest topics in immunology.
Whether you are completely new to immunology, or require a refresher, How the Immune System Works will provide you with a clear and engaging overview of this fascinating subject. But don’t take our word for it! Read what students have been saying about this classic book:
"What an exceptional book! It's clear you are in the hands of an expert."
"Possibly the Best Small Text of All Time!"
"This is a FUN book, and Lauren Sompayrac does a fantastic job of explaining the immune system using words that normal people can understand."
"Hands down the best immunology book I have read... a very enjoyable read."
"This is simply one of the best medical textbooks that I have ever read. Clear diagrams coupled with highly readable text make this whole subject easily understandable and engaging."
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Top Customer Reviews
Before getting this book, I neither understood nor liked immunology. Now I understand it and enjoy it. Major props to Dr. Sompayrac.
For the fifth edition, I’ve updated all the lectures to include the latest information. I’ve also added a new lecture on the intestinal immune system. Our knowledge of how the immune system deals with the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that inhabit our intestines is still evolving. However, enough is now known to see the rough outlines of how this important arm of the immune system works. In addition to this new material, I’ve also made some “style changes” that I think will make the fifth edition even easier to use. For example, I’ve included a short “Heads Up!” section at the beginning of each lecture to alert my readers to the important topics that will be covered. Also, essential words and phrases are now highlighted in red where they first appear in the text, and a summary of important concepts is included at the end of each lecture.
Although How the Immune System Works is used as the textbook for some immunology courses, I suspect that most students buy this book and then carry it around in a brown paper bag – so their professor won’t know what they are reading in order to make sense of the lectures! Indeed, How the Immune System Works has become a bit of a cult book, as thousands of students have used it to help them master this difficult subject. I’ve been told that I even have a “fan club” on Facebook. How cool is that?
I believe this fifth edition is the best one yet. I hope you will think so too.
Since the American Board of Allergy and Immunology only issues 10-year certification --and I took the exam the first time in 1991 -- I have to take a multiple choice recert exam soon. The book is helping me prepare by reviewing current basic Immunology in a very easy to understand (and therefore easy to REMEMBER) fashion.
The prose is not prosaic, it's fun! The writing describes the immune system's structure and functioning clearly and logically. It does an excellent job of tying everything together, which can be difficult with the expanding "octopus" of detail that comprises modern immunology.
I highly recommend this for physicians and students of medicine or immunology.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would add more diagrams.
Recommended book for beginners like me.