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The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction
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The immune system is central to human health and the focus of much medical research. Growing understanding of the immune system, and especially the creation of immune memory (long lasting protection), which can be harnessed in the design of vaccines, have been major breakthroughs in medicine.

In this Very Short Introduction, Paul Klenerman describes the immune system, and how it works in health and disease. In particular he focuses on the human immune system, considering how it evolved, the basic rules that govern its behaviour, and the major health threats where it is important. The immune system comprises a series of organs, cells and chemical messengers which work together as a team to provide defence against infection. Klenerman discusses these components, the critical
signals that trigger them and how they exert their protective effects, including so-called <"innate>" immune responses, which react very fast to infection, and <"adaptive>" immune responses, which have huge diversity and a capacity to recognise and defend against a massive array of micro-organisms. Klenerman also
considers what happens when our immune systems fail to be activated effectively, leading to serious infections, problems with inherited diseases, and also HIV/AIDS. At the opposite extreme, as Klenerman shows, an over-exaggerated immune response leads to inflammatory diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as allergy and asthma . Finally he looks at the <"Immune system v2.o>" - how immune therapies and vaccines can be advanced to protect us against the major
diseases of the 21st century.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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ISBN-13: 9780198753902
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: November, 2017
Pages: 144
Weight: 571g
Availability: Not yet published
Subcategories: Diseases and Disorders, Immunology
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Your immune system is full of wonders - and so is this book. Klenerman is one of the world's leading immunologists and his expert knowledge absolutely shines in this fascinating tour de force.