Basic Immunology

Functions and Disorders of the Immune System


  • Abul Abbas, MBBS, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • Andrew H. Lichtman, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Shiv Pillai, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Understand all the essential concepts in immunology with Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System! This concise, focused text provides you with an up-to-date, accessible introduction to the workings of the human immune system.
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Medical Students, Allied Health course-takers, and lower-level Immunology undergrad courses


Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-0707-2


"The book is another of the successful endeavours of the authors to teach basic immunology to beginners and summarise the main concepts of science in an easily readable way...Basic Immunology is an excellent up-to-date piece of work that covers all the major topics of immunology. The text is comprehensible and the concepts are written in a way that will satisfy the non-specialist reader and will keep their interest high till the end...To sum up, this is fine textbook, addressed mainly to those of a non-immunological is a good start for undergraduate students or the general public who wish to make their first attempt to grasp immunological concepts."

British Society of Immunology, May 2013

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Immune System

2. Innate Immunity

3. Antigen Capture and Presentations to Lymphocytes

4. Antigen Recognition in the Adaptive Immune System

5. Cell-Mediated Immune Responses

6. Effector Mechanisms of Cell-Mediated Immunity

7. Humoral Immune Responses

8. Effector Mechanisms of Humoral Immunity

9. Immunologic Tolerance and Autoimmunity

10. Immune Responses Against Tumors and Transplants

11. Hypersensitivity Diseases

12. Congenital and Acquired Immunodeficiencies

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Appendix I: Principal Features of CD Molecules

Appendix II: Glossary

Appendix III: Clinical Cases