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Illustrated dictionary of immunology
Cruse, Julius M., 1937-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
675 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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From the beginning, immunologists have maintained a unique nomenclature that has often mystified and even baffled their colleagues in other fields, causing them to liken immunology to a "black box." With more than 1,200 illustrations that depict every concept of importance, the Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology, Second Edition provides immunologists and nonimmunologists alikea single-volume resource for the many terms encountered in contemporary immunological literature.

Encyclopedic in scope, the content ranges from photographs of historical figures to molecular structures of recently characterized cytokines, the major histocompatibility complex molecules, immunoglobulins, and molecules of related interest to immunologists. These descriptive illustrations provide a concise and thorough understanding of the subject. In the years since publication of the first edition, there has been an exponential increase in immunological information and this updated text represents these advances.

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The authors (Univ. of Mississippi Medical Center) have expanded the first edition of their dictionary (1995) to include new terms and entries from immunological subspecialties and comparative immunology. Persons from the history of immunology are also included. Definitions are generally clear and concise; about 1,200 black-and-white illustrations--diagrams, drawings, and photographs--help clarify the terms and concepts. Cross-references are occasionally provided. Terms used in the definitions are not cross-referenced to other entries. Five appendixes include a Mouse CD chart, a diagram of complement pathways, and lists of cytokines and their receptors, chemokines and their receptors, and human leukocyte differentiation antigens. Among the few errors is an illustration out of place ("Cross-Matching Procedure," p.139). Despite its limitations, this work is more current and provides more definitions and illustrations than W. John Herbert at al.'s Dictionary of Immunology (4th ed., 1995). Recommended for academic libraries. J. M. Wehmeyer Wright State University

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