’I would recommend this book to students, healthcare assistants, clinicians, and nurse specialists working within all areas.’
Author: William E Paul
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
Reviewer: Gemma Wilson, learning environment lead & clinical practice educator. Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT)
What was it like?
Ordinarily immunity is not an area or subject matter I would instinctively pick up to read or would be drawn to. I made an assumption the book would be full of terminology for only those that worked within immunology would be familiar with. However my initial thoughts were quashed within the first couple of lines of chapter 1- Defense and Danger. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would struggle to find an element to criticise; I felt it was written in such a way that it takes you on a journey, has a natural flow and has a delightful tone. There is throughout historical reference, highlighting significant findings, influences and changes in practice through experiment and research. There is throughout discussion around the advantages and disadvantages of treatments and interventions for example umbilical cord blood transplant.
What were the highlights?
What I found particularly enjoyable is the author alongside the technical elements, the research, past practice and successes and failures within immunology, also takes you on his personal and professional journey within this field. Throughout there is personal reflection and accounts sharing of some his own painful memories and experiences such as the chapter titled ”Julian”
Strengths & weaknesses:
It is well written, informative and gives detailed descriptions even down to defining platelets- sometimes we make the assumption that individuals know these details but the author has pre-empted this and provided ample explanations, which in essence will widen his audience. I particularly liked the final chapter- “The future of Immunology” and the attached notes section detailing the original source with a brief clarification.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to students, healthcare assistants, clinicians, and nurse specialists working within all areas. In essence this book could be read by individuals who have an keen interest within immunity but is written in such a way that it is accessible to those who have little or no knowledge within this area as the book is so informative. I feel with the wonderful narrative, structure and detailed explanations it will be thoroughly enjoyed and prove to be informative to a wide range of individuals working within healthcare.