The theme of the Book “Immunodeficiency” is to emphasize the need to understand the basic immunologic, biologic, biochemical, metabolic, microbiologic, viral and clinical pathways which serve as the basis for the identification procedures used to investigate the major topic: the immune system, its alterations and clinical impact on humans and animals.
The authors perform a thorough analysis and updated approaches to reveal the immunodeficiency in various directions, thus helping the readers to deepen their knowledge on its practical issues.
Because of limitations of space, not all areas in clinical and experimental immunology, associated to the discussed problem, could be included in this Book.
Immunology, in particular immunopathology and immunodeficiency, is a subject too broad to introduce as a full picture here. However, the selected chapters and sections of the Book allow the specialized audience to find a logical, step-by-step approach to the recovery and medically important conclusions and definitions of different immunodeficiency states, which is the hallmark of this text. Experimental, laboratory and clinical correlations and discussions of the results have been expanded, both because we believe all interested readers, students, interns, post-docs, residents, specialists, advanced researchers in all corresponding specialities, even other than those directly involved, can profit from the use of this Book and because biomedical technologists have expressed much interest in knowing more about the disease processes caused by the pathologic alterations of the immune system, specifically the immunodeficiency.
We wish to acknowledge all authors who provided their scientific and practical achievements for the benefit of the modern immunopathology.
Prof. Dr. Krassimir Metodiev
MD, PhD, DScmed, President of IMAB,
Secretary General of FESCI, Head of the Department of Immunology,
Medical University, Varna,