"The traditional high school level textbook may answer basic questions, but 101 Questions
About Your Immune System provides a far better and more readable supplement. The
author addresses issues raised by secondary students and provides information about
the basic foundations of the immune system, its component parts, the natural processes
involved in it, what goes awry when it malfunctions and, of course, how it interacts
with foreign substances. The information goes beyond the types of white blood cells,
the nature of anaphylaxis, or the inflammation response found in most general texts.
Easy-to-follow discussions focus on complement fixation, trans-species transplants,
and the roles of memory cells. There's also good information on epidemiology and
future research trends. . . [T]erms are clearly defined and explained. The author's
use of analogies, like that of a docking system for major histocompatibility complexes,
helps the novice."
National Science Teachers Association
"Following a fascinating foreword that explains how to approach the text and its
virtually invisible subject, this outstanding book answers the queries most often
asked by students and organizes them into six coherent chapters. . . . . Readers
will find the text colorful (literally and figuratively), accessible, and informative.
Diagrams, black-and-white photos, and explanatory charts enliven and clarify this
complex topic. . . Innumerable volumes are available on immune-related illnesses,
such as AIDS, allergies, and the Ebola virus, but this volume is the most inclusive
for this age level on this important body system."
--School Library Journal
101 Questions About Your Immune System
You Felt Defenseless to Answer
. . . Until Now
The immune system and how it functions in healthy or ill people are mysteries to
most people. Young people have many questions about disease and body defenses that
their parents--and often their teachers--can't answer. This book explains how the
immune system is structured and how it operates. It explains infectious diseases,
allergies, autoimmune disorders, and vaccines. It covers frequently asked questions
ranging from "What is immunity?" to "What causes the common cold?"
"This volume would be a useful addition to the school library at the middle or high
school level and could support the health curriculum. . . The information is both
accurate and interesting, and many parents would probably gain from it as well."