This single-authored book is an overview of what is known about brain-immune interactions and how the central nervous and immune systems respond to environmental challenges and intercommunicate to sustain health. The Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology represents a comprehensive overview of psychoneuroimmunology, which avoids oversimplification, but does not overwhelm the reader.
The book discusses the basics of the immune system and inflammation; cytokines, hormones, and their receptors; sickness behavior and immune activity and psychopathology; the neuroendocrine–immune pathways and neuroendocrine-immune modulation. The books also outlines issues such as early life adversity and later trauma; Selye’s concept of stress; stress and its impact on the body, and stress and disease.
The book targets psychologists, neuroscientists, endocrinologists, immunologists, psychiatrists, physicians and pre- and postdoctoral students in psychology, neurosciences, microbiology and immunology, endocrinology, physiology and pharmacology.
Hardcover: 336 pages; Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (March 9, 2012)
“…the structure disappears into the background with the softness and strength in his writing and gently helps you to relax in your seat only to be taken on a journey of discovery of none other than your ‘innerspace’. It truly reads as a novel.” –Immunology News, November 2012
“After a historical overview and basic introduction ….the text discusses the concept of stress and how it influences the neuroendocrine and immune systems; the influence of psychosocial stress on specific diseases, including infection, allergy, cancer, and autoimmunity; the link between immune activity and psychopathology, using examples of autism and schizophrenia… This edition has been updated to incorporate new scientific developments, such as …….genome wide association studies, and the role of exposure to microbes and physical aspects of the environment. Chapters on infectious diseases, allergy, cancer, and autoimmune disorders have been reorganized to introduce the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and genetics of each disorder.” –Reference and Research Book News, Inc