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Roitt’s Essential Immunology, 12th Edition

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: July 2012 - Volume 44 - Issue 7 - p 1408
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318251bcff
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This is the 12th edition of an immunology textbook first published in 1971. It now includes the latest knowledge and concepts about the functions of the immune system.

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To teach students the latest information and concepts about the immune system. Since immunology is a constantly changing field, this book provides information through a collection of online resources.

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Medical students, dental students, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students. It also is useful for anyone who desires to learn about basic aspects of the immune system.

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This is a standard textbook of immunology, updating the 2006 edition. Some features are likely to be particularly helpful to students. Each chapter begins with a section entitled “Just to Recap….” Point-by-point summaries and references for further reading end each chapter. This book provides access to a digital, interactive version that allows the user to search for topics, highlight and make notes in the text, and organize information. In addition, a Web site provides self-assessment material, all figures, photographs, references, and reading suggestions.

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Figures are plentiful, and the colorful artwork helps to emphasize key points. A list of abbreviations, a glossary, and the ability to search for keywords prove to be useful. The index is reasonably good, but not perfect. The authors are well known for their expertise in various aspects of immunology. Illustrations are sufficient, of high quality, and serve as excellent teaching tools. References are pertinent but somewhat outdated. The text is fully supported by a suite of online resources.

RATING: ★★★★

Reviewed by: Marion Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY)

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