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A History of Modern Immunology

The Path Toward Understanding

A History of Modern Immunology: A Path Toward Understanding describes, analyzes, and conceptualizes several seminal events and discoveries in immunology in the last third of the 20th century, the era when most questions about the biology of the immune system were raised and also found their answers. Written by an eyewitness to this history, the book gives insight into personal aspects of the important figures in the discipline, and its data driven emphasis on understanding will benefit both young and experienced scientists.

This book provides a concise introduction to topics including immunological specificity, antibody diversity, monoclonal antibodies, major histocompatibility complex, antigen presentation, T cell biology, immunological tolerance, and autoimmune disease. This broad background of the discipline of immunology is a valuable companion for students of immunology, research and clinical immunologists, and research managers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


research immunologists, immunology students from Master to PhD, secondary audience comprises clinical immunologists to help them connect basic immunology, research managers in pharma and biotech industry.

Hardbound, 356 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-416974-6


  • Introductory Words about Science, Scientists, and Immunology

    Part One: Pre-History with Far-reaching Consequences

    1 The immunological revolution

    Part Two: The History

    2 A very special location: the basel institute for immunology

    3 Immunological specificity

    4 Monoclonal antibodies: the final proof for clonal selection

    5 The first victory of molecular biology: mechanisms of the generation of antibody diversity

    6 The major histocompatibility complex

    7 Antigen processing and presentation

    8 The intricate behaviour of t cells

    9 Acquired immunological tolerance

    10 Autoimmunity

    Concluding Remarks


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