Infection and Immunity by John PlayfairInfection and Immunity by John Playfair

Infection and Immunity

byJohn Playfair, Gregory Bancroft

Paperback | January 31, 2013

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Our immune system is a complex network of cells continually battling against a barrage of attacks from our environment, quite literally to save our lives. But how what protects us from the potentially life-threatening microorganisms that surround us every day?In the lucid, accessible style for which John Playfair is renowned, and together with Greg Bancroft, an expert in infectious diseases, Infection and Immunity explains how our immune system defends us. The authors describe the main causes of infection that our bodies have to battle against - frombacteria to viruses, fungi to protozoa - and explains the intricate and fascinating ways in which we respond, from detection of potentially dangerous organisms to their ultimate elimination - sometimes, unfortunately, suffering new pathological symptoms in the process.Presenting a fully-rounded, well-balanced overview of the field, the book also explains how diseases spread, and what measures we can take to control this spread - from vaccination to increasing awareness through public health initiatives.With examples of infectious diseases from across the world, Infection and Immunity is the ideal text for biomedical science, bioscience, and microbiology students who need to understand the basics of what causes infection, and how our immune systems respond.Online Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre to acompany the book features:For students:DT Multiple choice questions to check your understanding as you progress through the textFor registered adopters of the book:DT Figures from the book, ready to download
John Playfair is Emeritus Professor of Immunology at University College London Medical School. Gregory Bancroft is with the Department of Immunology and Infection at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Title:Infection and ImmunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:January 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199609500

ISBN - 13:9780199609505


Table of Contents

The infectious organisms1. Introduction: parasites, pathogens, and immunity2. Viruses3. Bacteria4. Fungi5. Protozoa6. Helminths (worms)7. Ectoparasites8. Prions9. Disease: virulence and susceptibilityThe immune system10. Defence, immunity, the immune system11. External defences: entry and exit12. Innate immunity13. How pathogens escape innate immunity14. Disease due to innate immunity15. Immunodeficiency I: primary defects of innate immunity16. Adaptive immunity: introduction17. B cells and antibody18. T cells and the MHC19. The antibody response20. Cell-mediated responses21. Regulation of immune responses and memory22. How pathogens escape adaptive immunity23. Disesase due to adaptive immunity I: hypersenstivity24. Disease due to adaptive immunity II: autoimmunity25. Immunodeficiency II: primary defects of adaptive immunity26. Immunodeficiency III: secondary immunodeficiency and AIDSThe host-pathogen balance27. Epidemiology28. Control of infectious disease: vaccination29. Control of infectious disease: chemotherapy30. Control of infectious disease: public health measures31. Viral and prion disease and immunity32. Bacterial disease and immunity33. Fungal disease and immunity34. Protozoal disease and immunity35. Helminth disease and immunity36. Ectoparasites and immunity37. Emerging and future infectious diseases

Editorial Reviews

"Few books are available that are suitable for a course that integrates microbiology and immunology, but this one succeeds in explaining the immune system and its role in host defense very well. Immunology is a rapidly advancing discipline and this third edition is a welcome update." --Doodys reviews