Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease

Seasonal Patterns Stress Immune FunctionThe book Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease is co-authored by Randy J. Nelson, Ohio State University, Gregory E. Demas, Indiana University, Sabra L. Klein, The Johns Hopkins University and Lance J. Kriegsfeld, Columbia University, New York.

The book summarizes evidence about the seasonal variation in immunity and disease occurrence, and the interactions between these phenomena.

The book also deals with the mechanisms by which the immune system copes with seasonally-recurrent stressors such as extreme temperature reductions and food shortages.

Diseases and conditions such as stress, infectious and autoimmune diseases, cancers and the role of hormones such as melatonin and glucocorticoids are discussed. For example, a chapter in this volume provides an overview of melatonin and its role in immunity, ageing and cancer.

Topics that are covered in this he book also include: seasonality, biological rhythms and photoperiodism, basic immunology, and seasonal fluctuations in disease prevalence, immune function, and hormonal changes and how they affect immune function.

The Seasonal Patterns of Stress, Immune Function, and Disease chapters are listed below:

  1. Seasonality
  2. Immune Function
  3. Seasonal Fluctuations in Disease Prevalence
  4. Seasonal Changes in Immune Function
  5. Photoperiod, Melatonin, and Immunity
  6. Energetics and Immune Function
  7. Hormonal Influence on Immune Function
  8. Clinical Significance of Seasonal Patterns of Immune Function and Disease

This first monograph to examine seasonal immune function from fundamental and clinical perspectives will serve health professionals and practitioners as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate students in biology, immunology, human and veterinary medicine, neuroscience and endocrinology.

Hardcover: 308 pages; Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2002)

Reviews: “As the first book to describe seasonal immune function from an interdisciplinary perspective, [this book] is recommended for undergraduate or graduate classes wishing to break down departmental barriers and learn about an organism as a whole.” Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism


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