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The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Klenerman

November 2017

ISBN: 9780198753902

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The immune system is essential to human health. When it fails to work correctly the consequences can be severe, from serious infections to over-exaggerated immune responses. This book considers how the immune system evolved and the components involved; the medical breakthroughs in our understanding of it; and the major health threats our immune systems face.

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Description

  • Gives a succinct account of the evolution of innate and adaptive immunity, and how they operate, primarily in humans but also drawing on examples in other animals
  • Considers the consequences of too little immunity (immunodeficiency), caused for example by HIV/AIDS, and too much, leading to autoimmune and allergic diseases
  • Discusses some of the important recent advances in harnessing the immune system for immunotherapies, for example in the treatment of cancers
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Paul Klenerman, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Paul Klenerman is Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Professor of Immunology at the University of Oxford. He is also Immune Theme Lead at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. He authored the chapter on Adaptive Immunity, and co-authored that on the Hepatitis C Virus in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Table of Contents

    1: What is the immune system?
    2: Sensing danger: innate immune responses
    3: Discovering self and non-self
    4: Immunologic memory and vaccines
    5: Too little immunity
    6: Too much immunity
    7: Harnessing the immune system
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Your immune system is full of wonders - and so is this book. Klenerman is one of the world's leading immunologists and his expert knowledge absolutely shines in this fascinating tour de force." - - Daniel M. Davis, author of The Compatibility Gene.

"Your immune system is full of wonders - and so is this book. Klenerman is one of the world's leading immunologists and his expert knowledge absolutely shines in this fascinating tour de force." - Daniel M. Davis, author of The Compatibility Gene.

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