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Clinical Immunology of the Dog and Cat

2nd Edition, November 28, 2011

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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, November 28, 2011
  • Published Date: November 28, 2011
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 449
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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PREFACE

I was delighted by the success of the first edition of Clinical Immunology of the Dog and Cat, which clearly filled a niche in the veterinary textbook market and was eventually translated into six additional languages. Immunology, however, is probably the fastest moving of the sciences and, since the publication of the first edition in 1999, there have been numerous advances that readily justify the production of this second edition. In the area of fundamental immunology there has been a renewed focus on the importance of the innate immune system, with a realization that events at this level of antigen recognition determine the nature of the ensuing adaptive immune response. Additionally, there has been recent clarification of the role of regulatory (suppressor) T lymphocytes in the immune response and identification of several functional subsets of these cells. In parallel with this research has been an explosion of knowledge in the field of companion animal immunology, largely driven by the molecular revolution, which in turn is underpinned by publication of the canine (and, soon, the feline) genome. Techniques have been developed that have allowed us to explore and quantify the role of key immunological molecules in canine and feline immune responses, and this technology has rapidly translated to the clinical diagnostic labora tory with the advent of PCR-based tests for the diagnosis of infection or detection of clonality of neoplastic lymphoid populations. These advances are all discussed within this second edition.

In order to incorporate these advances in understanding, by necessity this second edition of Clinical Immunology of the Dog and Cat has grown. There is an additional chapter devoted to respiratory and cardiac disease and, given the continued focus of companion animal practitioners on vaccine-related issues, a new chapter is devoted entirely to the subject of vaccinology. The second edition also includes approximately 200 new photo graphic images, an updated list of further reading (specifically papers published since the first edition in 1999), and an extensive glossary of terms.

As ever, I am indebted to my contributors for their continued enthusiasm for this book and for providing updated information on current therapeutic aspects of the diseases covered. I was pleased to welcome Professor Cecile Clercx to this group of internationally recognized clinical specialists, and I thank them all for their insightful editing of the text.

This is now my third publication with Manson Publishing and I am pleased to acknowledge this continuing relationship. The reputation of this small publishing house is founded on the exception - ally high standards and quality of printed texts that they produce, and I am grateful to Mike Manson and Jill Northcott for their expertise in developing and marketing projects such as this. Both have also been very patient with the protracted gestation of this volume, the birth of which was promised some years before the actual event! I am very pleased to acknowledge the team that has worked on this second edition, including Paul Bennett (project manager), Peter Beynon (copy editor) and Sue Tyler and Kate Nardoni (illustrators).

Finally, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the continued patience and support of my family who, when welcoming visitors to the house, point out ‘that's the study ... where we keep Dad'.