Shortman, Ken Lymphocyte Differentiation Unit, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia.
- Immune defense system
- Immunodeficiency diseases
- Autoimmune diseases
- Hypersensitivity or allergic states
- The clinic
- Laboratory tests
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A branch of clinical pathology concerned with the role of the immune defense system in disease. The subject encompasses diseases where a malfunction of the immune system itself is the basic cause, together with diseases where some external agent is the initiating factor but an excessive response by the immune system produces the actual tissue damage. It also extends to the monitoring of the normal immune response in infectious diseases and to the use of immunological techniques in disease diagnosis. See also: Clinical pathology
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