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WAO Medical Book Review

Concise Clinical Immunology for Healthcare Professionals
Mary T Keogan, Eleanor M. Wallace, and Paula O’Leary
ISBN: 9780415298308
ISBN-10: 041529830X

List Price: £25.99 (about $50.00 USD)
Available from: Taylor and Francis Books

Thomas Chacko, MD, 2nd year Fellow
University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

This text is a concise and easy to access manual about the complex field of clinical immunology.

The purpose of this book is to provide the physician and other healthcare professionals with an introductory book on clinical immunology. It also covers basic immunology, laboratory investigations and the treatment of various immunological disorders.

This book is geared toward the novice student, the first year sub‑specialty resident in allergy and immunology, and other physicians who want to learn basic immunology as it impacts clinical immunology. It provides the key features without getting lost in details.

The book's 426 pages are divided into four chapters: basic immunology, clinical immunology, immunotechniques and diagnostic testing, and treatment of immunological disorders. Each chapter has multiple, 2-4-page sections on various subjects within a chapter. At the end of some sections, there are references for further reading. There are also various diagrams and a self‑assessment test at the end of each chapter. Case presentations (14 total) are dispersed within some chapters.

This is an excellent book on the basics of clinical immunology. The sections are arranged to allow for quick retrieval of key facts. The self‑assessment exams keep the reader actively thinking to emphasize salient information. Other sources are necessary for a more in-depth review of this complex subject, but this is a great start, even for those with considerable skills in these areas.

In summary, this book will be particularly helpful for the novice student or physician who wants to learn about clinical immunology.