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Thorn in the Starfish: The Immune System and How It Works
     

Thorn in the Starfish: The Immune System and How It Works

by Robert S. Desowitz
 

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“Gives the reader the feeling of being granted a ringside seat to an exciting series of events. . . .This eminent scientist and writer conveys his enthusiasm for the subject. . . .He has managed to entertain, educate, and enthuse without either trivializing the complexity of the subject or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.” —British

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“Gives the reader the feeling of being granted a ringside seat to an exciting series of events. . . .This eminent scientist and writer conveys his enthusiasm for the subject. . . .He has managed to entertain, educate, and enthuse without either trivializing the complexity of the subject or underestimating the intelligence of the reader.” —British Medical Journal
Dr. Desowitz describes the revolutionary discoveries made by Jenner, Pasteur, Metchnikoff, and Ehrlich and what we know about immunology today. His topics include the role of nutrition, the challenge of developing an AIDS vaccine, and the potential of genetic-engineering techniques.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393305562
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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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