Immunology in the Twentieth Century

Immunology in the Twentieth Century

From Basic Science to Clinical Application

1st Edition - April 24, 2018

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  • Author: Domenico Ribatti
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128161463

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Immunology in the Twentieth Century: From Basic Science to Clinical Application grew out of common knowledge that those who survived many of the common infectious diseases rarely contracted the same disease again. This book charts the historical development of this vital branch of medicine in a concise volume, covering both the basic science involved and the clinical applications. Immunology as a distinctive subject developed in the mid-twentieth century as researchers started to understand how the adaptive immune system aids the defense against pathogens. The subject has grown in importance and diversified into specialist fields, such as immunohistochemistry, immunogenetics and immunopathology.

Key Features

  • Provides a concise overhead of the history of immunology and its applications in medicine
  • Includes a discussion of the scientists who were pioneers in landmark discoveries in immunology
  • Summarizes the clinical applications of major discoveries


Scientific and Medical researchers in immunology, medicine, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, anatomy and histology; historians of medicine, philosophers of science and medicine, medical anthropologists, graduate and postgraduate researchers in humanities and social scientific fields relating to the history and philosophy of science; policymakers and managers with interests in understanding immunology

Table of Contents

  • 1. The antibodies
    2. The cells of the immunity
    3. The genetic basis of the immune response
    4. Immunity and cancer
    5. Concluding remarks
    6. References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 90
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: April 24, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128161463

About the Author

Domenico Ribatti

Domenico Ribatti was awarded his M.D. degree in October 1981, with full marks. In 1983, D.R. joined the Medical School as Assistant at the Institute of Human Anatomy, University of Bari. In 1984, he took the specialization in Allergology. In 1989, he spent one year in Geneva, working at the Department of Morphology (Prof. R. Montesano). In 2008, he received the honoris causa degree in Medicine and Pharmacy form the University of Timisoara (Romania). D.R. is author of 866 publications as reported in PUBmed and contributed to 50 chapters to books. Overall, his papers have been cited 51153 times. He has published many books with both Elsevier and Springe

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor of Human Anatomy, University of Bari Medical School, Bari, Italy

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