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Author Clark, William R., 1938-

Title At war within : the double-edged sword of immunity / William R. Clark
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1995


Description 1 online resource (xi, 276 pages)
Contents Overture to a science unborn: smallpox and the origins of immunology -- The anatomy of an immune response -- Living in the bubble: primary immune deficiency diseases -- hypersensitivity and allergy -- Horror autotoxicus: the immunology of self-destruction -- When the wall comes tumbling down: AIDS -- Organ transplantation: exploring the boundary between technology and ethics -- Minding the immune system's business: the dialogue between the brain and the immune system -- Diversity, tolerance, and memory: the politically correct immune system
Summary In the seventeenth century, smallpox reigned as the world's worst killer. Luck, more than anything else, decided who would live and who would die. That is, until Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an English aristocrat, moved to Constantinople and noticed the Turkish practice of "ingrafting" or inoculation, which, she wrote, made "the small- pox ... entirely harmless." Convinced by what she witnessed, she allowed her six-year-old son to be ingrafted, and the treatment was a complete success--the young Montagu enjoyed lifelong immunity from smallpox. Lady Montagu's discovery would, ho
Analysis Humans Immune system
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-269) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Immune system -- Popular works
Immunologic diseases -- Popular works
Immune system.
Immunological deficiency syndromes.
Immune System
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
MEDICAL -- Immunology.
Immunological deficiency syndromes
Immune system
Immunologic diseases
Genre/Form Popular works
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780198025306