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Immunology:  Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice, vols 1 & 2 Samter's Immunologic Diseases, vols 1 & 2

JAMA. 2002;288(2):250. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.250.
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Clinical immunologists have two excellent reference textbooks to choose from: Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice, edited by Rich et al, and Samter's Immunologic Diseases. Both are weighty, two-volume multiauthor reference texts that cover the broad field of clinical immunology in depth.

Clinical Immunology, now in its second edition, is the newer of the two. It is written for practicing physicians: specialists, generalists, and even residents. Knowing that the field can be intimidating to nonexperts, the authors and editors have taken pains to make the text clinician-friendly. Each chapter includes a highlighted box summarizing the "Key Concepts" of the chapter. Chapters covering basic science topics have a box highlighting "Clinical Relevance." Disease-oriented chapters include highlighted boxes on "Therapeutic Principles" or "Clinical Pearls."


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