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Immunology and Serology in Laboratory Medicine

2.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0801651311
ISBN-10: 080165131X
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Mary Louise Turgeon, EdD, MT (ASCP), CLS, (NCA), Guthrie Medical System, Sayre, PA, Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse NY, State University of New York --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby-Year Book (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080165131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801651311
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,267,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle Mullens on August 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been a medical technologist for 16 years and have taught immunology for 12 years in the classroom and clincial setting. This book is poorly organized and not relevant to the normal clinical lab. New terms for a med tech student are used in the first chapter and then defined in later chapters. There is an entire section on RID which only high volume reference labs use and is no longer recommended by ASCP to be covered in med tech schools. The lack of newer illustrations and photographs, and boring layouts of tables and charts is also a negative. I have actually given our students websites to refer to instead of sections in this book to complete their objectives.
Signed MDM, MT(ASCP) SI
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This book is complex. Any normal student would be completely overwhealmed by this book geared more towards Medical School students rather than traditional college students. The language is too technical and the photos are laughable. There are no colorful pictures for those of us who like to be able to actually see what we are learning, there is no clear cut explaination of any of the suggested topic, and all in color green and the suggested photograph on page 199. Other than subtle hints of green, this black and white "textbook" is utterly and completely boring!
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I am using this book for my immunology course for a clinical lab sciences program. This book does not explain things well at all. The paragraphs are composed of definitions defining more definitions and nothing is made clear. The organization doesn't make sense and is confusing. When it starts talking about values, it doesn't even explain what the values actually mean. The tables and graphs are not explained at all and are very unhelpful and even confusing/misleading sometimes. I think it's a horrible textbook for a 3000/4000 level immunology class. I had to constantly look up words and definitions because this book was just not clear at all.
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This book was required for a MT class. I have found several discrepencies in this book and errors in the review questions. I think this book would be confusing for someone without any background in immunology because it jumps around a lot and doesn't paint a very good picture. I wonder why my department chose this book.
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I don't know why this book is getting so many negative reviews. This is a Clinical Immunology book this means that you should have already taken a course in Immunology prior to reading this book. It doesn't make sense to just read this book without any previous Immunology course work, that might be why so many individuals have given it low marks. If you buy this book, make sure you are familiar with Immunology or make sure you have taken a course in Immunology because this pretty much goes into the clinical applications of Immunology and assumes you have been exposed to some Immunological topics in the past.

I have noticed a mistake every now and then but overall this is a great book.
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I have taken 3 Immunology courses in my career and used many books. This by far the worst! I have more Immunology than doctors do and I couldn't understand it! I think it sucked out the knowledge that I did receive from previous courses out of my brain.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2001
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This book along with others by the author are extremely complex and confusing to a student who does not have a working knowledge of this subject. It is as if she went through the dictonary to see how hard of words she could use to make herself look "super dooper" smart. You would have to be a medical student to even get the gist of what she is saying. This book's lack of color and understandable diagrams makes it even harder to follow. I would not recommend this book to anyone but PhDs, MDs, and someone who enjoys being utterly confused.
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SUMMARY: This book is poorly organized and does a horrendous job of explaining the subject matter to someone learning it for the first time. It is heavily technical, and does not explain anything so much as state a string of facts. The author often uses terms and concepts in one chapter that are not explained or defined until several chapters later. The few diagrams and charts included are just as complicated and confusing as the text, and are puzzles within themselves.
It is the worst textbook I have ever used, and I think a class would be better with NO textbook rather than this one.

REVIEW: I already owned the 3rd edition of this book, and was hugely disappointed when a new class I was taking required the 4th edition.

What is true of the 3rd edition is true of the fourth:

Like everyone else has said (except perhaps the first review, which was likely written by the author or her family) this book is poorly organized and hard to follow. I think it lacks a SINGLE sentence that is written in "plain English". Furthermore, rather than attempting build your knowledge stone by stone, it often uses terms and concepts in one chapter which are not defined or explained until several chapters later. It does not explain ANYTHING, ever, and simply states a long string of technically heavy facts which are nearly impossible to digest.
I cannot convey to you how much I hated this book. If your class requires it, pray to god you have a professor good enough to make up for what this book lacks.
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