This manual is intended as a comprehensive guide to immunology as it relates to the clinical laboratory. Designed as a sequel and companion piece to the well-accepted Manual of Clinical Microbiology, this new work successfully fills an important need for both clinical and academic microbiologists.
The manual is organized sectionally, with each section having a separate editor. The initial section deals with the essential technology involved in measurements of the humoral and cellular immune pathways, and is less detailed than it might be on certain more classical measures of the humoral response, including precipitin techniques, and hemagglutination as these are assumed to be covered in other sources. The section on cellular immunity is quite detailed and covers lymphokines, T and B cell enumeration and certain aspects of macrophage function. After a section on radioimmunoassays, the more conventional aspects of diagnostic immunology are considered in respect of bacterial, mycotic and parasitic infections as well as viral, chlamydial, and rickettsial diseases.