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Book and Media Reviews
October 10, 2007

Medical Immunology

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1699-1704. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1702

Advances in our understanding of the immune system have touched virtually all specialties in medicine. Diagnostic techniques such as flow cytometry have improved the capability of clinicians to assess immunocompetence and immunodeficiency. Immunomodulatory agents are the standard of care for a variety of rheumatologic, neurologic, and allergic disorders. Monoclonal antibodies are now used in the treatment of cardiovascular, neoplastic, and inflammatory conditions. Thus, an understanding of basic and clinical immunology is important for clinicians as well as those involved in immunology research.