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Medical Immunology

6th Edition

Edited by Gabriel Virella

CRC Press

488 pages | 163 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2007-03-28
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With an abundance of illustrations, diagrams, and algorithms, this sixth edition of Medical Immunology provides a reader-friendly review of critical material on the current diagnostic and clinical applications of immunology. Organized into four sections that describe clinical applications, methodological advances, immunological diseases, and innovative interventions, the book leads readers through state-of-the-sciences technologies and demonstrates their implementation in day-to-day clinical practice.

Topics include:

  • The genetics of immunoglobulins
  • Diagnostic immunology
  • Immune complex diseases
  • Immune system modulators
  • Lymphocyte and plasma cell malignancies
  • The diagnosis of immunodeficiencies and secondary immunodeficiencies
  • Applications of immunological assays to clinical diagnosis
  • The diagnosis of disease in which the immune system plays a significant pathogenic role

Edited by a distinguished educator with an extensive research background, the book also reviews the diagnosis, pathogenesis, and management of autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity diseases, multiple myeloma, and other lymphoid diseases, and primary and secondary immune deficiency diseases.


"…suitably authoritative.…there is…no other single, manageable volume that is better at describing every aspect of the subject." —British Medical Journal (for previous edition)

"…more authoritative and better written, has a more fundamentally scientific background [than other texts]." —Immunology Today (for previous edition)

"…this book represents an up-to-date presentation of immunology with a greater focus on diagnostic and clinical immunology than is normally found in a basic book." —Marion C. Cohen, PhD (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School), Shock, September 2007, for the Sixth Edition

Table of Contents

BASIC IMMUNOLOGY. Introduction. Tissues and Cells Involved in the Immune Response.

Major Histocompatibility Complex. Antigenicity and Immune Recognition. Immunoglobulin Structure. Biosynthesis, Metabolism, and Biological Properties of Immunoglobulins.

Genetics of Immunoglobulins. Antigen-Antibody Reactions. The Complement System.

Lymphocyte Ontogeny and Membrane Markers. Cell-Mediated Immunity. The Humoral Immune Response and Its Induction by Active Immunization. Phagocytic Cells. Innate and Acquired Anti-Infectious Immunity. DIAGNOSTIC IMMUNOLOGY. Diagnostic Immunology. CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY. Tolerance and Autoimmunity. Organ-Specific Autoimmune Diseases. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Hypersensitivity Reactions. Immediate Hypersensitivity. Immunohematology. Immune Complex Diseases. Immunosuppression and Immunomodulation. Transplantation Immunology. Tumor Immunology. Malignancies of the Immune System. IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES. Diagnosis of Immunodeficiency Diseases. Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. AIDS and other Acquired Immunodeficiencies

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Clinical Medicine
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
MEDICAL / Immunology