Introductory Immunology

Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications


  • Jeffrey Actor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, USA

Introductory Immunology quickly acquaints readers with natural immune responses manifesting in diseases and disorders. The book presents a complete picture of natural defenses to infectious agents, as well as the mechanisms that lead to autoimmune dysfunction. In addition, it examines immunologically based diseases, giving the reader sufficient knowledge to make sound clinical decisions leading to better treatment outcomes.

Introductory Immunology is aimed at researchers, postgraduates, or any scientifically inclined reader interested in immunology. No prior expertise in medical, biochemical, or cellular science is needed to benefit from the clear presentation of immunology concepts in this book.

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Researchers, post-graduates, and an educated audience interested in immunology.


Book information

  • Published: June 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-420030-2


"This book is, in many ways, a dictionary of immunological terms and concepts. It would probably be a good review for undergraduate students, nursing students, and medical and dental students. Rating: 66 - 2 Stars"--Doody', February 20, 2015

Table of Contents

Overview of immune components
Host immune defenses
Systems and cells
Innate and adaptive components
Immune reactions
How we defend against infectious agents
Bacteria and mycobacteria
Viral agents
Fungal and parasitic organisms
Basic disorders of immune function
Allergies, asthma, and endocrinology
Vaccines and Immunotherapy
How vaccines function
Vaccines: Truths and myths
Immunity and aging
Cancer immunology
Natural defense against tumors
Cancers of the immune system