How the Immune System Works, Sixth Edition

Author: Lauren Sompayrac, PhD
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Date Published: 2019
Pages: 145 plus index
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2023

 - "This is an excellent course on the immune system. The book is written to present a complicated system by introducing each piece and adding to the puzzle to show how it all fits together. This is much better than trying to learn too many details, which take away from the overall picture of how immunity works in the body."

- "Terrific course! Best format (lecture), well presented, well planned (order of topics) with in-depth and current knowledge. Terrific reference book for all laboratory scientists/technologists."

- "I wish I would have had Lauren Sompayrac as a professor in college!! Very readable and yet extremely informative. Thanks for presenting a difficult subject in a much more "user-friendly" version. As an "older" CLS, I appreciate the "big picture" approach."

- "My last study on immunology basics was over 35 years this is a wonderful overview of a topic that has become much more complicated. It was like learning a completely new language. I appreciate the glossary and list of acronyms. Very engaging and interesting to read...will keep this edition for future reference to enable my understanding of future studies in immunology."

 - "One of the best courses I have taken. It's been 40+ years since I took a class in immunology, and some of this was above my understanding. But the information was presented in a clear, concise, and sometimes humorous manner. I thoroughly enjoyed this course." 

 - "The best book I have read on the immune system since college. I wish I had this one during college when I took immunology, and I thought the book I had at the time (the late eighties) was excellent at that time." 



The print catalog says this course is basic. That was a mistake. The language is simple but the concepts are complex. It should have been identified as intermediate level.

This course satisfies the 1-hour Florida specialty requirement in serology/immunology. For those certified by ASCP, this course will provide 12 contact hours in serology/immunology.

In this text, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject: how the immune system fits together, how it protects us from disease, and, perhaps most importantly, why it works the way it does.

Featuring D. Sompayrac's lively prose and engaging analogies (he is funny), How the Immune System Works has been rigorously updated, including the latest information on vaccines, immunological memory, and cancer. A highlight of this edition is a new chapter on immunotherapies – currently one of the hottest topics in immunology.

Table of Contents
The Innate Immune System • B Cells and Antibodies • The Magic of Antigen Presentation • T Cell Activation • T Cells at Work • Secondary Lymphoid Organs and Lymphocyte Trafficking • Restraining the Immune System • Self Tolerance and MHC Restriction • Immunological Memory • Intestinal Immune System • The Immune System Gone Wrong  • Immunodeficiency • Vaccines • Cancer and the Immune System • Immunotherapy.

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