book review

Cytokines, Stress, and Depression (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)

Cytokines, Stress, and Depression is edited by Robert Dantzer, Emmanuelle E. Wollmann and Raz Yirmiya, and published by Springer. Cytokines had been characterized in the early eighties as communication mole­cules between immune cells, and between immunocytes and other peripheral cells, such as fibroblasts and endothelial cells. They play a key role in the regulation of […]

Glucocorticoid Signaling: From Molecules to Mice to Man

Glucocorticoid Signaling: From Molecules to Mice to Man (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology) is published by Springer; 1st ed. 2015 edition, and edited by Jen-Chywan Wang and Charles Harris. Glucocorticoids, the steroid hormones secreted from the zona fasciculata of the adrenal cortex, play an important role in the maintenance of internal homeostasis by influencing […]

Hormone Imbalance Syndrome: America’s Silent Plague

The Hormone Imbalance Syndrome is written by Benoit Tano, M.D., Ph.D and published by Integrative Medical Press (IMP). Obesity is the number one killer in the United States and, increasingly, the world. It kills in silence and indirectly, standing as the root cause of a great many of the diseases treated by healthcare providers, including […]

Sex Hormones and Immunity to Infection

Sex Hormones and Immunity to Infection, edited by Sabra L. Klein and Craig Roberts and published by Springer, critically reviews the evolutionary origin and the functional mechanisms responsible for sexual dimorphism in response to infection. Recent research suggests that sex hormones regulate immune responses in vivo. Thus, estrogens and testosterone regulate humoral immune responses i.e. […]

The Wisdom of the Body

The Wisdom of the Body, the revised and enlarged edition was published by W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 1963, shown on the left) but the first, original version was published in 1932, once again by W.W. Norton & Company (shown on the right). This classic medical book was written by Walter Cannon, an […]

Neuroimmune pharmacology 2nd edition

Neuroimmune pharmacology is a relatively new discipline, however well-grounded on interdisciplinary basic and translational research in pharmacology, immunology and neuroscience, aiming at the therapeutic exploitation of the rapidly growing knowledge about physiology and pathology of nervous system-immune system interconnections. The Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology was founded in1993, while the first issue of the Journal of […]

Rethinking Homeostasis: Allostatic Regulation in Physiology and Pathophysiology

Rethinking Homeostasis: Allostatic Regulation in Physiology and Pathophysiology is published by A Bradford Book and authored by Jay Schulkin Homeostasis as a concept and term was introduced by the American physiologist WalterCannon and refers to the stability of the inner world, or the various bodily states that make up the internal environment. Examples include for […]

Pain and Neuroimmune Interactions

Pain and Neuroimmune Interactions is published by Springer and edited by Nayef E. Saade, Nayef E. Saadé, Suhayl J. Jabbur and A. Vania Apkarian. Pain is a product of various pathways and mechanisms within the nervous system in response to inflammation or trauma. Over 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain with 3-4.5% of the […]

Immunoendocrinology: Scientific and Clinical Aspects

Immunoendocrinology: Scientific and Clinical Aspects is published by Humana Press and edited by George S. Eisenbarth. The book is focused on autoimmune disorders, and particularly, endocrine autoimmune diseases. With the exception of celiac disease, the environmental factors that contribute to the onset, development and the marked increase in many of these disorders remain poorly understood. […]

Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage: An Account of Recent Researches into the Function of Emotional Excitement

‘Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage’ is authored by Walter Bradford Cannon, an American physician-scientist and physiologist, chairman (1906-1942) of the Department of Physiology at Harvard Medical School, who introduced, developed and popularized three ideas and concepts that are well known and widely accepted: homeostasis, fight-or-flight responses, and the sympathoadrenal system. Early in […]

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