Authors: Mary T. Keogan, Eleanor M. Wallace
Publisher: Routledge, 2006
Suitable for medical students, nurses, and laboratory technicians, this book focuses on clinical problems seen in practice. It includes self-assessment questions and case histories to aid learning and understanding.
The book is divided into four parts, each of which is further divided into many small subsections.
Part 1 outlines the workings of the immune system in health and disease. The emphasis is on knowledge that is essential to understand immunological disease, investigation and management. We aim to include the essentials; for the more interested student, we hope that this section will provide a good start. There are many excellent textbooks, which provide much more detail on the workings of the immune system, and we would urge you to expand your knowledge.
Part 2 describes the most commonly encountered immunological disorders, including allergy, immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, transplantation and lymphoproliferative disorders. The emphasis is on immunological aspects of disease and we aim to use outlines of clinical disease to illustrate several aspects of basic immunology. We hope that this section will help to remind students about the workings of the immune system, usually taught at an earlier point in the course. For laboratory scientists and other healthcare professionals this section should provide a straightforward account of the diseases encountered.
Part 3 describes commonly requested immunological investigations and tests. Understanding the indications, methods, interpretation and pitfalls of assays should improve the value gained from the Clinical Immunology Laboratory. Laboratory scientists will need to consult additional methodological texts, however, we hope that this section will provide a useful overview.
Part 4 describes commonly used immunological therapies. The emphasis is on understanding the effects of these agents on the immune system, as well as practical aspects of using these therapies.
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