Metascience 25 (2):201-204 (2016)

Bartlomiej Swiatczak
University of Science and Technology of China
Immunity by William Paul is an overview of fundamental principles of immunology and their experimental basis. The book includes not only well- established facts about the immune system but also recent findings (the role of Th17 cells, regulatory T cells, inflammasomes, etc.), which are skillfully incorporated into the framework of immunological understanding. The presentation is clear and emotionally charged, which makes the reading of Immunity enjoyable. Despite the original intentions, though, the book may appear too challenging for a lay reader to serve as a popular introduction to immunology. Instead, it may help to put already acquired immunological knowledge in order benefiting advanced biology students and researchers. At a deeper level, Immunity provokes questions concerning what counts as relevant and what counts as a landmark in immunology.
Keywords immune system  immunity
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DOI 10.1007/s11016-016-0070-0
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