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Immunology. Ughh!

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by true_currency, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. true_currency

    true_currency Member 5+ Year Member

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    Can anyone recommend an awesome immunology book? I ordered one recently, but after receiving it, I don't think it's going to cut it. I'm definitely struggling in this class so any help on study tips would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

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    Immunobiology by Janeway
     
  4. Taus

    Taus . Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    Lange Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology by Levinson....its a big book but the Immuno section is less then 100 pages and simply awesome. I just went over it for board review and I understand immuno way better then during 1st year.

    You will def hear differing opinions on whats best...I rec. that you go to your schools library or bookstore and check out the books for yourself and pick one that you like
     
  5. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    What's the book not cutting it, if you don't me aksing?

    We're using "The Immune System" by Parham. Nobody else seems to like it, but I actually find it pretty readable. Good figures, too. I don't know if I'd say awesome, though...
     
  6. cyclohexanol

    cyclohexanol No, no. Doggie afuera. Physician 10+ Year Member

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    :thumbup:

    I used this book for undergrad and medical school, it has served me well.
     
  7. true_currency

    true_currency Member 5+ Year Member

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    Immunology, A Short Course, Fifth Edition (2003), by Coico, Sunshine and Benjamini

    This is our book for the course and it is really not doing it for me. Our professor is excellent and has decent handouts, but I find that I am still missing some of the concepts due to her being extremely detail-oriented in lecture and not as much so in her note packets/powerpoints if that makes sense. I spend most of the lecture writing everything down (and missing some of the details because of the bulk of material) that is not in the packet or powerpoint, which is substantial enough for me to feel like I need supplemental materials to go off of. I found Kuby's Immunology book online at Amazon for next to nothing as a used copy so I ordered it, but I just heard today that even that may be tiresome to get through. I wanted some reviews on short, concise books that get main points across with relative ease. Pictures are definitely a plus, too (Yes, I admit, I like the picture books)! I wanted to order now so as to not be in a bind by the time exams are here.

    Thanks for the book names. I'll check 'em out!
     
  8. SleepPsych72

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  9. SleepPsych72

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    By the way immunology was much more difficult than I had originally thought. We used the Parnham in undergrad immuno. I could not imagine having taken that class out of the blue in med school with no prior exposure. I must have read each of those chapters 5 times or so in order to get that A. It was easily as hard as senior level biochem if not more difficult.
     
  10. supervic8

    supervic8 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    We use Kuby in our undergrad immuno class now, but the prof keeps referring to this "Janeway" and how good it was
     
  11. OnMyWayThere

    OnMyWayThere OMS-III 10+ Year Member

    "How The Immune System Works" ... really good if you didn't have immuno in undergrad (like me)
     
  12. DORoe

    DORoe BWAAA HAAA HAAA 7+ Year Member

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    I'll second this. I read this book as a introduction to immunology and then was better able to understand the Janeway book which is more complete and a very good text as well.
     
  13. mitawa

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    I love Kuby's:love: , I used it in grad school (studied Hematology/Immunology), and a fellow in molecular immunology research that I knew swore by it. However a quick read is Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System by Abbas and Lichtman.
     
  14. DrHoffy

    DrHoffy Member 10+ Year Member

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    If you want a short but good read for a foundation in Immuno, try the book :

    "How the immune system works" by Lauren Sompayrac, ISBN: 0-632-04702-x

    It is under 30 bucks, and only a 115 pages. It is a good read for a weekend. I was able to read it, then review it and take notes, then reread it over a 4-5 day period. SInce I had no back ground in the subject, it gave me a nice basic foundation of all of the basic things I needed to know which allowed me to fill in the details the professor was stressing. This allowed for better integration overall.

    Hope that helps!
    Marcia
     
  15. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I just came across a series of review articles which ran in NEJM in 2000-2001 entitled, "Advances in Immunology" which provide an excellent review of the major subjects of immunology. Also, they're free :thumbup: .
     
  16. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

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    Not free for me :(
     
  17. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Your school doesn't subscribe to NEJM? Usually if you access it through your school's connection, you will have full access and can download the pdf's. PM me if you have troubles.
     
  18. scpod

    scpod Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I really like the articles because they aren't written for specialists. Rather, they are focused for general physicians and students. Great find Dragonwell!
     
  19. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

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    memorizing all those CD and IL proteins was a pain in my undergrad immuno class (we used janeway)
     
  20. Red Beard

    Red Beard 7+ Year Member

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    Third vote for Kuby. Very readable text but more importantly great figures.
     
  21. Critical Mass

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    Yeah I like Kuby as well. I think that she died suddenly a few years ago, so I'm not sure who has done the last couple of re-writes. :(
     
  22. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

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    Well you didn't say through the school you said free access. Yes I can access through the school ;)
     
  23. TheEleventhReel

    TheEleventhReel Dinkin flicka 5+ Year Member

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    We used Coico's book as well and I didn't like it very much. The book Taus recommended is great (Levinson). I've done about half of the immuno in it so far and, like him, I understand immuno way better than I did when I was in the class.
     
  24. effwun

    effwun 2+ Year Member

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    I used Kuby in undergrad. It's not bad, but not spectacular. Paul's Fundamental Immunology is excellent, however, it is a tome at 1500 pages. If you already have a book, check out 'Nature Reviews: Immunology' is a great source for specific topics if you have access to that kind of stuff. If you've never read it, it pretty much breaks down an entire topic, and you don't have to buy a book.
     
  25. OMMnerd

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    I've used Baby Abbas!!! It's small, short, and simple.
     

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