Medical Immunology Made Memorable


  • John Playfair, MB, BChir, PhD, DSc, Professor Emeritus, Department of Immunology, University College London Medical School, London
  • P. Lydyard, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRCPath, Professor, Department of Immunology, Univesity College London Medical School, London

This book covers the core of both basic science and clinical immunology as required by medical students. Immunology is an inherently difficult subject and most competing titles include far too much complex scientific detail for most medical courses. This book covers just the core of the subject essential for understanding the clinical importance of the immune system and diseases caused by its malfunction.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-06429-6

Table of Contents

Basic Immunology
Introduction and Natural Immunity
Defence Mechanisms (1)
Defence Mechanisms (2)
The Acute-phase Response/Interferon
Mast Cells and Inflammation/Natural Killer Cells
Tutorial 1
Adaptive Immunity - Lymphocytes
The Lymphocyte and Lymphoid Tissue
B and T Lymphocytes
The Mucosal Immune System
Recognition Molecules
Self versus Non-Self Discrimination
Tutorial 2
Adaptive Immunity - The Immune Response
Lymphocyte Activation and Clonal Selection
Adaptive Responses ñ Antibody
Adaptive Responses ñ T Cells and Cell-mediated Immunity
Disposal Mechanisms ñ Cytotoxicity
Immunity to Infection ñ Host Defence Mechanisms
Immunity to Infection ñ Parasite Escape Mechanisms
Tutorial 3
Acute and Chronic Inflammation
Infectious Disease
Transplant Rejection
Tutorial 4
Clinical Immunology
Immunology in Medicine
Respiratory Disease
The Gut and Liver
Endocrine Disease
Renal Disease
The Eye and Nervous System
Skin Disease
Connective Tissue Diseases (1)
Connective Tissue Diseases (2)
Blood Diseases
Infectious Diseases
Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Clinical Aspects of HLA
Malignant Disease
Drugs and the Immune System
Tutorial 5
Investigating the Immune System
Immunodeficiency/Tumours of the Immune System
Allergy and Autoimmunity/The Transplant Patient

The Language of Immunology
Some Useful Abbreviations
Cluster of Differentiation (CD) Antigens
Changes in Circulating Lymphocytes Populations and Serum
Immunoglobulin Levels with Age