Problem-Based Immunology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781416024163, 9781455705320

Problem-Based Immunology

1st Edition

Authors: Reginald Gorczynski Jacqueline Stanley
eBook ISBN: 9781455705320
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 15th March 2006
Page Count: 268

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It's one thing to understand the basic science of immunology. It's another thing to know how that science applies to the realities of patient care. This new resource uses skillfully presented clinical case studies to efficiently demonstrate the practical relevance of immunology knowledge in diagnosing a wide range of challenging conditions. It offers as an ideal way to review the fundamental principles of immunology ... and see them translated into real-world diagnosis and management!

Key Features

  • Covers each major area of the field - immunization, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency disorders, tumor immunology, and transplantation.
  • Provides a concise overview of the basic concepts in each area, followed by 6-10 succinct and well-organized case studies that illustrate the associated clinical applications.
  • Begins each case study with an initial case presentation, complete with full-color clinical photographs, allowing you to put your diagnostic reasoning skills to the test - followed by a list of the key clinical features involved in the case · a one-paragraph discussion of each differential diagnostic possibility · and a summary of the correct diagnosis and treatment approach

Table of Contents



• Rationale for immunization
• General principles of immunization
• Broad classes of vaccines
• Role of adjuvants
• Vaccine efficacy and safety
• Vaccine strategies in development
• Novel vaccine applications


1. Deliberate natural immunization (Leishmania)
2. Immunization in the bioterrorist era; small pox (or anthrax)
3. Immunization in the elderly (influenza)
4. Passive immunization: tetanus toxoid
5. Novel approaches for HIV vaccines
6. Polio vaccines- Salk versus Sabin
7. Cancer vaccine



• General principles
• Gell and Coombs classifications
• Sensitization and effector phases of Types I-IV hypersensitivity reactions


8. Anaphylaxis
9. Asthma
10. Transfusion reaction
11. Hemolytic disease of the newborn
12. Serum sickness
13. Farmer’s lung
14. Tuberculosis
15. Poison Ivy dermatitis



• General principles of tolerance induction
• Current evidence/hypothesis for loss of tolerance
• Evidence supporting a role for genetics in autoimmune disorders
• Immunopathology associated with autoreactive antibodies
• Immunopathology associated with T cell mediated damage


16. Rheumatoid arthritis
17. Systemic lupus erythematosus
18. Graves’ disease
19. Wegener’s granulomatosis
20. Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
21. Myasthenia gravis
22. Multiple sclerosis
23. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis



• General principles of primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders
• Dysfunctions that lead to primary immunodeficiency disorders affecting (a) T cells and B cells combined, (b) T cells, (c) B cells, (d) Complement, (e) phagocytes
• Conditions that lead to secondary immunodeficiencies


24. Severe combined immunodeficiency disorder
25. DiGeorge’s syndrome
26. Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis
27. Bruton’s agammaglobuliniemia (hypogammaglobulinemia)
28. Selective IgA deficiency
29. Hyper IgM syndrome
30. Chromic granulomatous disease
31. Hereditary neurotic angioedema
32. C3 complement deficiency or (C8 complement deficiency)
33. Leukocyte adhesion defect
34. Acquired immunodeficiency disorder
35. Alcoholism and secondary immunodeficiency



• General principles of tumor immunology
• Tumor specific antigens
• Tumor associated antigens
• Immunosurveillance mechanisms for eliminating tumors
• Evasion of immunosurveillance
• Novel therapies


36. Choriocarcinoma (HCG )
37. Colonic carcinoma (CEA)
38. Melanoma
39. Multiple myeloma
40. Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
41. Hodgkin’s lymphoma
42. Liver (or testicular) tumor (AFP)



• General Features
• Surgical and ischemia/reperfusion damage
• Role of activated tissue macrophages and activated vascular endothelial cells
• Adaptive immunity in graft rejection
• Tissue matching
• Non specific Immunosuppression
• Specific Immunosuppression


43. Intestinal transplant
44. Pancreas transplant
45. Kidney transplant
46. Bone marrow transplant
47. Heart (or Liver) transplant


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About the Author

Reginald Gorczynski

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Surgery and Immunology, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

Jacqueline Stanley

Affiliations and Expertise

Course Director and Professor of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, St. George's University School of Medicine, St. George's, Grenada, West Indies