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Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology

Health is maintained by the coordinated operation of all the biological systems that make up the individual. The Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology, 2e, presents an overview of what has been discovered by scientists regarding how bodily systems respond to environmental challenges and intercommunicate to sustain health. The book touches on the main findings from the current literature without being overly technical and complex. The result is a comprehensive overview of psychoneuroimmunology, which avoids oversimplification, but does not overwhelm the reader.

Psychologists, neuroscientists, endocrinologists, immunologists, psychiatrists, physicians and pre- and postdoctoral students in psychology, the neurosciences, microbiology and immunology, endocrinology, physiology, and pharmacology.

Hardbound, 336 Pages

Published: February 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-382049-5


  • "This is a book that certainly comes with a ‘Wow’ factor. This updated version from a first edition published in 2004 presents itself as a succession of bioessays structured as units with subunits, so chapters and titled paragraphs. However 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, page 46
    "After a historical overview and basic introduction to the immune system and endocrine-immune and neuroimmune interactions, 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; factors that can lead to immune enhancement and protect against disease, such as the role of suggestion, beliefs and expectations, social involvement and emotional expression, sleep, relaxation, exercise, and diet; and implications for healthcare research and practice. This edition has been updated to incorporate new scientific developments, such as research on additional signaling pathways that modulate the impact of stress, 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.


  • CHAPTER 1 - Introduction

    CHAPTER 2 - Historical Antecedents

    CHAPTER 3 - Immune System Basics

    CHAPTER 4 - Endocrine-Immune Modulation

    CHAPTER 5 - Neuroimmune Modulation

    CHAPTER 6 - Stress, Contextual Change, and Disease

    CHAPTER 7 - Psychosocial Stress: Neuroendocrine and Immune Effects

    CHAPTER 8 - Infection, Allergy, and Psychosocial Stress

    CHAPTER 9 - Cancer, Autoimmunity, and Psychosocial Stress

    CHAPTER 10 - Immune Activity and Psychopathology

    CHAPTER 11 - Immune Function Enhancement

    CHAPTER 12 - Integration and Implications


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