For a summary of the entirety of the immune system I recommend the first chapter in each of the three books on immunity that I mentioned in an earlier post: "Undergraduate Immunology" by C. Erridge, "How the Immune System Works" by L. Sampayrac, and "Cellular and Molecular Immunology" by Abbas et al. Another helpful resource is a website called "Bite Sized Immunology". It has a ton of short articles on most of the topics I've covered in this blog. For those looking to get an overview of the adaptive cellular system, there's a well written summary of the T cell response in an excellent paper that appeared in the journal "Advances in Physiology Education" by Nathan Pennock and others.
Here's my version of the major points covered so far.
Now I'm going to switch subjects. It's been a long time since the initial posting, but recall that the ultimate aim of this blog is to understand how the immune system can be engineered to react against cancer cells. Hence the next postings on cancer.