Roitt's Essential Immunology

Roitt's Essential Immunology
13th Ed.
2017 © John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Peter J. Delves PhD; Seamus J. Martin PhD, FTCD, MRIA; Dennis R. Burton PhD; Ivan M. Roitt MA, DSc(Oxon), FRCPath, Hon FRCP (Lond), FRS
ISBN-13: 978-1-118-41577-1
Immunology, Basic Sciences


Roitt's Essential Immunology - the textbook of choice for students and instructors of immunology worldwide

Roitt’s Essential Immunology clearly explains the key principles needed by medical and health sciences students, from the basis of immunity to clinical applications. A brand new introduction sets the scene to section 1, Fundamentals of Immunology, introducing the microbial world and the strategies the body employs to defend itself. Each chapter then guides the reader through a different part of the immune system, and explains the role of each cell or molecule individually, and then as a whole. Section 2, Applied Immunology, discusses what happens when things go wrong, and the role the immune system plays alongside the damaging effects of a disease, including cancer, immunodeficiency, allergies and transplantation and the beneficial effects of vaccines.

The 13th edition continues to be a user-friendly and engaging introduction to the workings of the immune system, whilst supporting those who require a slightly more detailed understanding of the key developments in immunology.
The content has been fully updated throughout and includes:

  • • An expansion on key clinical topics, including: innate immunity, autoimmune conditions, asthma, primary immunodeficiency, and HIV/AIDS
  • • Beautifully presented with improved artwork and new illustrations
  • • A range of learning features, including introduction re-cap boxes, end of chapter and section summaries to aid revision, as well as further reading suggestions, and a glossary to explain the most important immunology terms.

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Score: 95/100
4/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 3 Health Sciences - Allergy/Clinical Immunology
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This edition has many updates related to the newest discoveries in immunology. The chatty style makes the book readable and understandable. Illustrations are of high quality, and are very helpful for students."

-- Jianke Zhang, Ph.D. (Thomas Jefferson University) Doody's Review

"...Roitt's is a fine choice for a basic immunology course. Because of the many changes in what we know about the immune system, a new edition is welcome."

-- Marion Cohen, PhD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition


Written for students -- medical students, dental students, graduate students, and advanced college students. It also is a useful reference for anyone with a need for information about basic aspects of the immune system. The authors are well known for their expertise in various aspects of immunology and they have had access to figures from others.

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