How the Immune System Works (How It Works)
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How the Immune System Works (How It Works)

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In this edition, the author presents different aspects of the immune system independently then how each works together. It includes new updates on the pathophysiology of immunology in an engaging style for quick and easy learning.
Paperback, Second Edition, 129 pages
Published December 23rd 2002 by Blackwell Publishers (first published 1999)
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Immunology is hard. Dr Sompayrac is wonderful. Read this book, if you have even the remotest interest in how your body defends itself in a hostile world.

You could read it in a weekend. You will be a better, more interesting person, if you so.

Or you could watch Seinfeld re-runs and add that amount to your time in purgatory.

Don't say you weren't warned.
Mike Blackmer
The best review of Immunology that I have found. Most review books give a fragmented view. This book provides an intuitive understanding of the immune system.

I highly recommend this book for anyone studying Immunology or reviewing it for USMLE Step 1.
Soumya Sayujya
Jan 14, 2013 Soumya Sayujya marked it as to-read
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How immune system works is written in the form of lectures, cos the author wants to talk to us just as if we were in a classroom.

The lecture1 is quite low and light in terms of concepts... But do have patience, you'll soon discover that this book is not about "baby immunology " but the book covers hard core topics of immunology in a fun way.. But you can't solely rely on this book for grasping need to have a full blown concept driven text book along with you..!

I'm not yet done w...more
so I used this book as a primer to my other, more detailed book on the immune system (by P. Parham). This is its only real function. It is a great book for understanding the basics of what is going on, but it is not detailed enough for the comprehensive understanding that is required in a medical school education.

(side note) it is also written by a very religious man that doesn't believe in evolution (he has written many books trying to disprove evolution) and there are weird passages that are...more
Possibly one of the best textbooks out there. It is entertaining and easy to comprehend. It reads more like a story than a textbook and you learn without even realizing it. While it lacks some details, it explains the basic works of the immune system which are also necessary to understand those details that can be easily found in other immunology texts. It's a great help to all medical students but also a fun book for anyone to read.
Feb 01, 2008 Gloria added it
if your immunology professors mumble with monotone, incoherent accents and you find yourself not going to class, this is the way to go. learn immuno in 5 days and still pass the test. don't count on this alone for the boards though, trust First Aid, great intro to help you get a grip on all those cytokines, and cells.
this book puts all the random factoids about immunology together in a nice story format, with random yet useful analogies to describe the roles of different cells. an enjoyable read.
great compact book with straight-forward description of the immune system and how it functions. I refer to it often.
I didn't finish it, but it served its purpose well.
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