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What Are the Best Undergrad Immunology Textbooks?

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen•edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 12/9/2011

Do you need information on the best immunology textbook for undergraduate students? Here you will learn about the highest recommended immunology textbooks to help you successfully complete your immunology classes.

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    Why Worry About the Best Textbooks?

    Do you know what the best immunology textbook for undergraduate students is? Immunology is a branch of medicine that studies the immune system. It is a broad field, so those seeking a profession in which they must have knowledge of immunology often specialize. For example, they may specialize in infectious diseases or autoimmune diseases. Part of learning this field is having the best immunology textbooks for undergraduate students. There is a lot to learn, and the right textbooks will ensure you get all the information you need to successfully understand the fundamentals of this field.

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    Immunobiology

    Immunobiology: The Immune System in Health and Disease is a textbook used by a variety of medical schools, such as Yale University School of Medicine and Imperial College School of Medicine, London. This book was authored by Charles A. Janeway, Mark Walport, Paul Travers, and Mark J. Shlomchik. This immunology textbook is intended as an introductory book for medical students' immunology classes, graduate students, advanced undergraduate biology students, and scientists in other fields seeking to advance their knowledge of the immune system. Other immunology aspects are also explored, such as autoimmunity, immunity to tumors, allergies, and graft rejection.

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    Kuby Immunology

    Kuby Immunology is one of the best immunology textbooks for undergraduate students. It was authored by Richard A. Goldsby, Barbara A. Osborne, Thomas J. Kindt, and Janis Kuby. This textbook is very student-friendly and explains all concepts clearly for college students of all immunology experience levels. In addition to easy-to-follow immunology fundamentals, students will also get clinical case studies, web site references at the end of each chapter, molecular visualizations, animations, and self tests. This book is highly beneficial for students taking their first immunology class.

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    Fundamental Immunology

    Fundamental Immunology was edited by William E. Paul. This textbook takes a look at immunology and the field since 1984. This textbook appeals to a large variety of students, such as those studying basic and clinical immunology, infectious disease, immunologic diseases, and microbiologists. This textbook may also come in handy in more advanced classes and it gives undergraduates a detailed look.

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    Immunology and Evolution of Infectious Disease

    Immunology and the Evolution of Infectious Disease was written by Steven A. Frank. This textbook takes a detailed look at infectious diseases, from influenza to HIV. It looks at these diseases at the heart of the disease, the battle between the immune system and infectious agents. This textbook takes an evolutionary perspective to combine the findings and terms of immunology, population dynamics, molecular biology, and pathogen biology. This immunology textbook provides specialists with an invaluable and comprehensive guide to allied subjects, while also offering undergraduate students a readable and easily understandable introduction to this topic.

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    Atlas of Immunology

    Atlas of Immunology was written by Robert E. Lewis and Julius M. Cruse. This book is a critical tool for everyone in immunology from students, to clinicians, to basic scientists. There are more than 1,100 computer-generated figures, photographs, drawings, and lines to demonstrate the elements of immunology. Everything a student needs to fully comprehend contemporary immunology is included in this textbook.