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Immunity
Author: William E. Paul

ISBN: 9781421418018
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16 September 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2
Description:


This significant book conveys Dr. William E. Paul's enduring enthusiasm for the field of immunology, the incredible accomplishments of the past half-century, and the future's untapped promises.

The immune system has incredible power to protect us from the ravages of infection by killing disease-causing microbes or eliminating them from the body. Boosted by vaccines, it can protect us individually and as a "herd" from diseases such as measles. As Dr. Paul explains, however, the power of the immune system is a double-edged sword: an overactive immune system can wreak havoc, destroying normal tissue and causing diseases such as type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. The consequences of an impaired immune system, on the other hand, are all too evident in the clinical agonies of AIDS and other immunodeficiency diseases.

Packed with illustrations, stories from Dr. Paul's distinguished career, and compelling narratives of scientific discovery,Immunity presents the three laws of the human immune system-universality, tolerance, and appropriateness-and explains how the system protects and harms...

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