Immunology Simplified

by T. R. Bowry. 10 chapters + technical appendix and glossary. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016. 1978. Paperback, $6.95

David N. McMurrayDepartment of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

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Dr. Tula Bowry's book epitomizes the recent trend in immunology texts toward reducing an increasingly complex discipline to simple generalizations. While there are inherent disadvantages to such condensation, the rapid rate with which new knowledge is being generated in the field of immunology requires that a text remain flexible and inexpensive to modify frequently.

Dr. Bowry's stated purpose for writing Immunology Simplified was to allow both students and physicians to gain familiarity with modern immunology without being overwhelmed by the diversity and complexity of the science. The book's small size (5″ × 7″, 223 pages) reflects the simplified approach and encourages reading the book. Dr. Bowry writes well, and the text flows nicely. The book is easy to read. The topics range over the broad extremes of immunology from the basic descriptions of humoral, secretory and cell-mediated immunity, phagocytosis and complement, through the role of immune mechanisms in the pathogenesis of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections and into cancer, transplantation, autoimmunity and immune deficiency diseases.

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