Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 August 2018

328 Pages


ISBN: 9780190914196

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The Evolution of an Idea

Alfred I. Tauber

  • Shifts 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
  • Offers an understanding of immunity in opposition to immunology's current pre-occupation with host defense, redefining it as a mediating function between an organism and its environment
  • 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
  • Demonstrates that beyond its clinical commitments, immunology also serves as an ecological science