Milestones in Immunology

Milestones in Immunology

Based on Collected Papers

1st Edition - June 13, 2017

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  • Author: Domenico Ribatti
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113134
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113295

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Milestones in Immunology: Based on Collected Papers contains scientific milestones relating to the history of medicine over the past two centuries. The book highlights the contributions of pioneering scientists whose discoveries have paved the way for researchers working in the field of immunology. As the science of immunology grew from knowledge that survivors of common infectious diseases rarely contracted them again, the book uses this as a central thesis, helping readers understand how the adaptive immune system aids in defense against pathogens. In addition, the book covers special fields, such as immunohistochemistry, immunogenetics and immunopathology. For the past century, immunology has fascinated and inspired some of the greatest scientists of our time. Numerous Nobel Prizes have been awarded for fundamental discoveries in immunology, from Paul Ehrlich’ work on antibodies (1908) to the studies of Zinkernagel and Doherty (1986) elucidating mechanisms of cell-mediated immunity.

Key Features

  • Provides on update on developments since the publication of Nobel prize winning research for fundamental discoveries in immunology
  • Discusses the changing theories and technologies that guided the field
  • Lists all the important discoveries and books in the field
  • Explains, in detail, the many Nobel prize-winning contributions of immunologists
  • Provides recognition of the scientists who were pioneers of landmark discoveries in immunology


Immunologists, Historians of Medicine, Philosophers of Science and Medicine, Students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Paul Ehrlich’s doctoral thesis: a milestone in the study of mast cells
    2. Miller’seminal studies on the role of thymus in immunity
    3. The contribution of Bruce Glick to the definition of the role played by the bursa of Fabricius in the development of the B cell lineage
    4. The fundamental contribution of  Robert A. Good to the discovery of the crucial role of thymus in mammalian immunity
    5. Giulio Bizzozero and the discovery of platelets
    6. Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet and the clonal selection theory of antibody formation
    7. The embryonic origins of lymphatic vessels: an historical review
    8. The fundamental contribution of William Bate Hardy to shape the concept of mast cell heterogeneity
    9. The mast cell: an evolutionary perspective
    10. From the discovery of monoclonal antibodies to their therapeutic application: an historical reappraisal
    11. Max D. Cooper and the delineation of two lymphoid lineages in the adaptive immune system
    12. Edelman’s view on the discovery of antibodies
    13. Peter Brain Medawar and the discovery of acquired immunological tolerance
    14. The discovery of blood-thymus barrier

Product details

  • No. of pages: 182
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: June 13, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113134
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113295

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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