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WAO Medical Book Review

Janeway's Immunobiology 7th Edition
Authors: Kenneth Murphy, Paul Travers, Mark Walport
ISBN: 9780815341239

Available from: Taylor and Francis Group
List Price: $95.95

Dr Denise C. Hsu, BscMBBS(UNSW)
Immunology Registrar
Campbelltown Hospital
NSW, Australia

This is the 7th edition of a highly regarded comprehensive textbook of basic immunology. It covers the different mechanisms utilized by the immune system to protect the host from infections as well as other aspects of immunology including allergy, autoimmunity, transplant and tumour immunology. The 7th edition has been updated throughout, with new information on topics such as NK cells, Toll-like receptors, viral evasins, innate receptors and celiac disease.

The purpose of this book is to present in a comprehensive, yet concise manner the current knowledge on basic immunology from the viewpoint of the host's interaction with potentially harmful microbes in its environment.

This book is intended to be an introductory immunology text book for medical students, post graduate students and scientists interested in the field of immunology. It is especially useful for immunology trainees seeking current and accurate information on the immune system and for immunologists for quick reference and teaching preparation.

The book is divided into 6 parts with a total of 16 chapters. It begins with an introduction on immunobiology and innate immunity, followed by sections on antigen recognition, development of lymphocyte receptor repertoires, adaptive immune response, immune system in health and disease and evolutionary history of the immune system. The appendix contains sections on diagnostic tools and summary tables on CD antigens and cytokines. There is also an easy to use glossary.

The chapters are well ordered and the language is clear and succinct. Ample well designed diagrams and tables illustrate complex ideas. Summary paragraphs further consolidate the topics discussed. Each chapter concludes with revision questions and a well organized list of references.

The accompanying CD containing animations, voice over narration and all the figures in the book, in the format of PowerPoint presentation is an invaluable resource.

The 7th edition of Immunobiology is one of the best basic immunology textbooks available. Materials are well organised and clearly presented. It is a must have for clinicians and researcher who strive to have an understanding of basic immunology.