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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mukesh Misra, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is an excellent presentation of an emerging science devoted to the study of the two-way relationship between the nervous system and the immune system. It studies the various interactions involving responses of many cells to multiple stimuli.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to describe immune responses and the responses in the nervous system.
Audience: This emerging science is of interest to immunologists, pharmacologists, and microbiologists along with oncologists, neuroscientists, and neuroendocrinologists. It features the interactions of infectious diseases and the nervous system, i.e., psychoneuroimmunology.
Features: The book initially deals with an historical overview and background of psychoimmunology, especially how the brain and the immune response interact. It also presents an overview of the central nervous system, hormones, and the immune response mechanism. The various relationships between neurohormones, aging, and specific infectious agents are described.
Assessment: The book provides valuable information concerning broad aspects of stress, infection, and psychoimmunology and could stimulate interest among professionals in the biomedical community, physicians, and infectious disease specialists. The book is an important contribution in this fast developing field and it further unveils the basis of neuroimmunology, stress, and infection.