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This third thoroughly revised edition, written by a renowned expert in this rapidly expanding field, is a welcome and timely publication in the field of experimental and clinical immunotoxicology. Immunotoxicology is a young, but rapidly expanding area of toxicology. Since the second edition of this book was published in 1988, an increasing amount of data has resulted in the publication of many articles and reviews. This book covers the many general facets of current immunotoxicology – clinical, experimental, mechanistic and regulatory aspects, including a chapter on the immune system giving toxicologists unfamiliar with immunology the opportunity to acquire the minimal knowledge necessary to conduct and interpret immunotoxicity studies. A comprehensive chapter on adverse effects in relation to immunotoxicity is included in order to predict and understand the toxic effects of drugs and other chemicals in living beings. An effort is made to answer one of the perhaps most confusing issues confronting the student of immunotoxicology namely the identification of what constitutes an immunotoxic response and what does not. Researchers from different disciplines have shown interest in this new field, and presented results of their work on immunotoxicological issues from extremely varied perspectives. As a bridging discipline between immunology and toxicology, immunotoxicology is genuinely multidisciplinary, reflected in this excellent book.
Autor: Descotes, Jacques