A Commotion in the Blood: Life, Death and the Immune System

A Commotion in the Blood: Life, Death and the Immune System

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by Stephen S. Hall
     
 

A New York Times Notable Book, 1997 Library Journal, Best Book of 1997

Beginning with the "occasional miracles" of a mysterious turn-of-the-century cancer vaccine called Coley's toxins, Stephen S. Hall traces the story of how doctors have learned to harness the immune system and its "commotions" to develop a wide array of cutting-edge therapies. Moving deftly… See more details below

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A New York Times Notable Book, 1997 Library Journal, Best Book of 1997

Beginning with the "occasional miracles" of a mysterious turn-of-the-century cancer vaccine called Coley's toxins, Stephen S. Hall traces the story of how doctors have learned to harness the immune system and its "commotions" to develop a wide array of cutting-edge therapies. Moving deftly between laboratory and bedside, Hall's absorbing narrative navigates the politics of discovery and elucidates the dazzling complexities of the microscope slide, tracking the curiously potent cells and molecules at the heart of the immune response. From the author of "the best book written about the new age of biology" (Nobel laureate Philip Sharp), who "succeeds marvelously in making science accessible to the general reader," (New York Times), this fast-paced account of medicine in the making is part of the Sloan Foundation Technology Book series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788160431
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
544

Table of Contents

"Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars"3
I * THE OCCASIONAL MIRACLE
1 * "Laudable Pus"21
2 * "The Man Who Does the Most Work Does the Best Work"51
3 * Bleak House76
4 * The Method of Choice96
5 * The Coley Phenomenon115
II * THE PATRON SAINT OF CYTOKINES
6 * In Search of an Interferon131
7 * Lymphodrek159
8 * "The Cloning of Interferon and Other Mistakes"178
9 * "One of My Best Known Accidents"209
III * THE RISE OF THE T CELL CHAUVINISTS
10 * The Silk Purse Years231
11 * The Rise of the T Cell Chauvinists242
12 * To Be in Motion 257
13 * The End of the Beginning?285
14 * "There's Just So Much You Can Learn from a Mouse"314
IV * IN VIVO VERITAS
15 * "One Plus One Equals Ten ..."349
16 * "Beautiful Living Things ..."375
17 * "Dr. Levy's Favorite Guinea Pig"391
18 * A Piece of Misleading News409
19 * The Next Great MagicBullet423
Epilogue:
Metaphors, Manic Depression, and the "C" Word449
Notes459
Acknowledgments516
Index521

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