Introductory Immunology: Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications

By Jeffrey Actor

Introductory Immunology: Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications, 3rd Edition, is a completely updated, revised, and expanded concise, conceptual approach to understanding the immune systems as a primary defence to maintain health and homeostasis. This expanded version includes aspects of microbiology and related immune defence mechanisms important in combating disease, as well as critical components related to the field of vaccine development.

Immunology as a subject is no longer confined to the realms of “immunology” or “microbiology” studies. Indeed, the subject matter has become increasingly important to understand complex mechanisms found within a wider range of biological systems. This book aims specifically at educated audiences who do not have a deep understanding of medical, biochemical, or cellular knowledge. The overall text will present concepts that portray a comprehensive picture of the natural defences against infectious agents as well as provide an introduction to mechanisms that lead to autoimmune dysfunction. In addition, immunological diseases will be detailed, with the goal of allowing the readers to gain sufficient knowledge to make sound clinical decisions that affect treatment outcomes.

This new edition expands on the existing chapters, focusing on updating the previous text. It has been expanded to include knowledge on effector mechanisms addressing components inherent within cellular responses that are either newly discovered or missing from the previous edition. It has an extra emphasis on aspects related to mechanisms important in combating microbial agents and critical sections on how vaccines protect against pathogenic invaders to limit associated pathology.

The goal is that Introductory Immunology will become the preferred provider of core knowledge in immunology to build a foundation to explore components of the human immune system that work together to confer and understand dysregulation that causes clinical diseases. This book serves as a basic platform to define therapeutic interventions by:

  • creating appreciation for components of the human immune system to work together to confer lifelong protection;
  • providing core knowledge in immunology to build a foundation to explore mechanisms involved in clinical disease and defining functional aspects of immunological terms to permit the reader easy access to comprehend specific topics;
  • presenting introduction to complex immunological concepts in a concise and easy-to-understand manner that relates to clinical disease;
  • breaking down all of immunology into manageable, logically digestible building blocks, and providing a map to explore overlapping mechanisms of immune protective responses;
  • providing a platform to readers without medical, biochemical, or cellular expertise to understand and appreciate how immunology controls homeostasis and protects against pathogens.


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