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The ways in which we can better understand cancer, HIV, and other autoimmune diseases through clinical immunology are of great interest to practitioners from the student level to the advanced PhD. Designed as an introduction for practitioners and residents. This book focuses on the clinical disease-state level of immunology, beginning with the basic concepts and then detailing the immunological aspects of various disease states involving major organs of the body. It explores how we can better understand disease and its treatment through clinical immunology; each chapter concludes with patterns for future research. - Section on future directions of research guides readers forward into new territory - Discusses underlying immunology behind each disease - Uniquely covers role of immunology in disease states: explains how immunological approaches help the patient fight various diseases CONTENTS 1. Basic components of the immune system John B. Zabriskie; 2. Immunological tendencies John B. Zabriskie; 3. Immune regulation Nina Bhardwaj, Thomas Waldmann, and David O'Neill; 4. Immunological aspects of infection Vincent A. Fischetti, Kumar Visvanathan, Christopher M. MacIsaac, and William W. Hall; 5. Immunological aspects of immunodeficiency diseases Dinakantha S. Kumararatne; 6. Autoimmunity Westley H. Reeves; 7. B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders Nicholas Chiorazzi and Manlio Ferrarini; 8. Immunological aspects of HIV infection Stan Read and Anders G. Vahlne; 9. Immunology of allergy and anaphylaxis Paul M. Ehrlich and Jonathan D. Field; 10. Immunological aspects of skin diseases James G. Kreuger and Lisa Zaba; 11. Immunological aspects of rheumatic diseases Dalit Ashany and Mary K. Crow; 12. Immunology of cardiac diseases John B. Zabriskie, Allan Gibofsky, Westley C. VanVoorhis, Fredrick S. Buchner, and Noel Rose; 13. Immunology of chest diseases Carl F. Nathan and Ernesto Munoz; 14. Immunological aspects of gastrointestinal disease Lloyd Mayer and Christine Moung; 15. Immunological aspects of endocrine disease Jean-Francois Bach; 16. Immunological aspects of neurological disease Jacqueline Friedman; 17. Immunological aspects of renal disease Gil Cu and John B. Zabriskie.