A Thorn in the Starfish: How the Human Immune System Works

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Traces the history of disease control, discusses inoculations, antigens, antibodies, T cells, and AIDS, and looks at what happens when the human body gets sick

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Robert S. Desowitz, a leading epidemiologist, is the author of New Guinea Tape Worms and Jewish Grandmothers and The Malaria Capers, among other books. He lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Desowitz, a professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and the author of New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers , here offers a highly readable discussion of the state of the art of immunology, with an eye to the future. He gives some history of immunologic theory: e.g., Jenner and smallpox vaccine, and Metchnikoff, who determined that phagocytes "eat bacteria" as a thorn is absorbed by a starfish. He then discusses the dietary effects of selenium, zinc, and vitamins A and C on immunity; effects of smoking on the immune system; AIDs; and psychoimmunology. The scientific terminology is abundant but well explained in the text. Recommended for general readers. (Index not seen.) Jean E. Crampon, Hancock Marine Biology & Oceanography Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
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