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Published: 09 March 2017

328 Pages


ISBN: 9780190651244

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The Evolution of an Idea

Alfred I. Tauber

  • This book offers an understanding of immunity in opposition to immunology's current traditional and current pre-occupation with host defense
  • The author maintains that balance is the foundation of immune functions, inasmuch as the animal lives in stable symbiotic relationships and receives nourishment from the environment, phenomena mediated by active tolerance mechanisms
  • The book proposes that immunity is primarily a mediating function between the organism and its environment - determining rejection or tolerance (assimilation)
  • The book demonstrates that beyond its clinical commitments, immunology also serves as an ecological science.
  • In sum, these themes shift the common understanding of immunity from a defensive response to a general cognitive capacity, in which a collective immune response is based on the context in which the recognized object is engaged

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