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Infection & Immunity

Fourth Edition

John Playfair and Gregory Bancroft

January 2013

ISBN: 9780199609505

400 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £44.99

Gives a perfectly balanced overview of the field, describing the key infectious agents our bodies encounter and how our immune system responds to them. It also explains how diseases are spread and what measures we can take to control this spread, from vaccination to increasing public awareness.

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Gives a perfectly balanced overview of the field, describing the key infectious agents our bodies encounter and how our immune system responds to them. It also explains how diseases are spread and what measures we can take to control this spread, from vaccination to increasing public awareness.

  • The only book to effectively weave mechanisms of infection and immunity together at an introductory level.
  • Clinical references and case studies, combined with substantial coverage of diseases, makes this book valuable to both biomedical and medical students.
  • Stunning full-colour artwork brings the subject to life, complementing the text.
  • An Online Resource Centre features additional resources for lecturers and students, enhancing the text's educational value.

New to this edition

  • Two new chapters on ectoparasites.
  • Expanded coverage of epidemiology: more on HIV, TB, malaria, infantile diarrhoea, and respiratory disease.
  • Increased coverage of innate recognition, cell signalling, cancer, and pregnancy.
  • New case studies to bring context to the descriptions of disease.
  • New appendix on immunological techniques.

About the Author(s)

John Playfair, Emeritus Professor of Immunology, University College London Medical School, and Gregory Bancroft, Department of Immunology and Infection, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Table of Contents

    The infectious organisms
    1:Introduction: parasites, pathogens, and immunity
    2:Viruses
    3:Bacteria
    4:Fungi
    5:Protozoa
    6:Helminths (worms)
    7:Ectoparasites
    8:Prions
    9:Disease: virulence and susceptibility
    The immune system
    10:Defence, immunity, the immune system
    11:External defences: entry and exit
    12:Innate immunity
    13:How pathogens escape innate immunity
    14:Disease due to innate immunity
    15:Immunodeficiency I: primary defects of innate immunity
    16:Adaptive immunity: introduction
    17:B cells and antibody
    18:T cells and the MHC
    19:The antibody response
    20:Cell-mediated responses
    21:Regulation of immune responses and memory
    22:How pathogens escape adaptive immunity
    23:Disesase due to adaptive immunity I: hypersenstivity
    24:Disease due to adaptive immunity II: autoimmunity
    25:Immunodeficiency II: primary defects of adaptive immunity
    26:Immunodeficiency III: secondary immunodeficiency and AIDS
    The host-pathogen balance
    27:Epidemiology
    28:Control of infectious disease: vaccination
    29:Control of infectious disease: chemotherapy
    30:Control of infectious disease: public health measures
    31:Viral and prion disease and immunity
    32:Bacterial disease and immunity
    33:Fungal disease and immunity
    34:Protozoal disease and immunity
    35:Helminth disease and immunity
    36:Ectoparasites and immunity
    37:Emerging and future infectious diseases

Reviews

"Infectious disease affects everyone. If you are hoping to understand the mechanism of infections and immunity at an introductory level, then you will find this an excellent reference book: my copy is well thumbed and already sports a forest of bookmarks." - Susan Omar, The Biologist

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