The Immune System

Peter Parham

October 1, 2014 by Garland Science
Textbook - 532 Pages - 548 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780815344667 - CAT# Y117621


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New in the Fourth Edition

  • Increased coverage of innate immunity, now in two chapters.
  • New chapter dedicated to mucosal immunology.
  • Immunological memory and vaccination combined in Chapter 11, including new approaches to vaccination.
  • Chapter 12 is dedicated to lymphocytes that contribute to innate and adaptive immunity.
  • Parasite immunology is covered for the first time, integrated with allergy in Chapter 14.
  • Appreciation of the active interaction between the immune system and commensal organisms involving co-development and co-evolution.
  • New marginal icons indicate topics which correlate to Case Studies in Immunology by Geha and Notarangelo.
  • The Question Bank has been revised and greatly expanded, now with over 1,000 questions.

Hallmark Features

  • Presents immunology from the human perspective with a central focus on how the immune system works to combat human disease.
  • Emphasizes what we know about the immune system, rather than how we know it.
  • Each chapter makes frequent use of medical examples to illustrate points and principles.
  • Seamless integration of the molecular, cellular, genetic, and clinical facets of immunology.
  • An outstanding full-color art program including line drawings, micrographs, and photographs.The art program, using distinct and consistent iconography, is designed to enhance and extend the concepts and principles presented in the text without excessive detail.
  • End-of-chapter questions consist of a mix of basic and clinical science, and include essay, multiple choice, and case study (USMLE-format) questions. Detailed answers to all questions are provided in the back of the book.
  • End-of-section and end-of-chapter summaries provide a broad overview of material presented allowing students to review and assess their understanding of what they have read.


The Immune System, Fourth Edition emphasizes the human immune system and presents immunological concepts in a coherent, concise, and contemporary account of how the immune system works. Written for undergraduate, medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmacy students, it makes generous use of medical examples to illustrate points. This classroom-proven textbook offers clear writing, full-color illustrations, and section and chapter summaries that make the book accessible and easily understandable to students.

The Fourth Edition is a major revision that brings the content up-to-date and improves clarity. Based on user feedback, there is now increased continuity and connectivity between chapters.

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