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June 28, 1985

Immunology: Basic Processes

Author Affiliations

Center for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control Atlanta


by Joseph A. Bellanti, ed 2; 214 pp, 135 illus, paper, $14.95, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1985.

JAMA. 1985;253(24):3607. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350480117034

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During the past decade a large number of immunology books have been written for undergraduate, medical, nursing, and medical technology students. This small book is a wellwritten and successful attempt to cover basic immunologic processes and to link abnormalities in these processes to disease.

The author covers such topics as immunogenetics, antigen and antibody formation, antigen-antibody interaction, the complement system, and immunomodulation. The book succeeds in providing a clear understanding of the basic concepts that underlie humoral and cell-mediated immunity and their disorders. Extensive use is made of clinical examples that illustrate the immune abnormalities.

In general, this book is clearly written, and the frequent use of imaginative figures and tables clarifies complex immunologic processes for the reader. Although the text does not include references, a suggested reading list at the end of each chapter is provided.

As with many multiauthored texts, certain concepts are repeated in different chapters; however,