Even though this is nominally a seventh edition, the previous authors had written a rather weak sixth edition, and Jenni, Sharon and I wrote each chapter pretty much from scratch, changing the order of the chapters, adding in several new ones and creating what is essentially an entirely new book. Although I can already see places where we can revise and improve it for the eighth edition, I think we're all still proud of what we've produced. It is worth stating that when a field changes as rapidly as ours, the production of a textbook proves to be a truly scholarly endeavor, as we read and evaluate new experiments and determine whether they indeed represent a shift in the thinking of that part of the discipline, or merely an interesting new development layered onto a pre-existing foundation. I have loved being a part of this project.
Owen, Judith A., Jenni Punt, Sharon A. Stranford, Patricia P. Jones, and Janis Kuby. Kuby Immunology. Print.