Metchnikoff and the Origins of Immunology: From Metaphor to Theory / Edition 1

Metchnikoff and the Origins of Immunology: From Metaphor to Theory / Edition 1

by Alfred I. Tauber
     
 

ISBN-10: 019506447X

ISBN-13: 9780195064476

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This fascinating intellectual history is the first critical study of the work of Elie Metchnikoff, the founding father of modern immunology. Metchnikoff authored and championed the theory that phagocytic cells actively defend the host body against pathogens and diseased cells. His program developed from comparative embryological studies that sought to establish

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This fascinating intellectual history is the first critical study of the work of Elie Metchnikoff, the founding father of modern immunology. Metchnikoff authored and championed the theory that phagocytic cells actively defend the host body against pathogens and diseased cells. His program developed from comparative embryological studies that sought to establish genealogical relations between species at the dawn of the Darwinian revolution. In this scientific biography, Tauber and Chernyak explore ore Metchnikoff's development as an embryologist, showing how it prepared him to propose his theory of host-pathogen interaction. They discuss the profound impact of Darwin's theory of evolution on Metchnikoff's progress, and the influence of 19th century debates on vitalism, teleology, and mechanism. As a case study of scientific discovery, this work offers lucid insight into the process of creative science and its dependence on cultural and philosophic sources. Immunologists and historians of science and medicine will find it an absorbing and accessible account of a remarkable individual.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195064476
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Series:
Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Metchnikoff's Early Embryology
3. Metchnikoff's Embryological Studies after 1872
4. The Problem of Evolution in Metchnikoff's Works
5. Metchnikoff's Emerging Concept of Inflammation
6. The Phagocytosis Theory and Its Reception
7. The Phagocyte Eclipsed
8. Epilogue: From Metaphor to Theory

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