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Immunology, Self and Nonself

Thomas Pradeu and Elizabeth Vitanza

in The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199775286
eISBN:
9780199932818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199775286.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter investigates the different definitions of immunology, in particular the dominant definition stating that immunology is the discipline that studies the defense of organisms against ... More


The Immune Response to Infectious Disease: All Out War!

William R. Clark

in In Defense of Self: How the Immune System Really Works

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195336634
eISBN:
9780199868568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Disease Ecology / Epidemiology

This chapter deals with the body's response to disease caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, or other microbes. The fundamental response is based on inflammation, which is mediated by the ... More


The natural history of defences

Paul Schmid-Hempel

in Evolutionary Parasitology: The Integrated Study of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, and Genetics

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198832140
eISBN:
9780191870873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832140.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Disease Ecology / Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Hosts can avoid infections by behavioural changes and by body walls. After infection, hosts can change their behaviours to reduce the effects of parasitism. Immune defences have different arms ... More


Problem Solving in the Life Cycles of Multicellular Organisms: Immunology and Cancer

Niall Shanks and Rebecca A. Pyles

in Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262201742
eISBN:
9780262295246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262201742.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

A significant portion of this chapter discusses the important aspects of the mechanisms and function of information processing in the vertebrate immune system. The main goal of the chapter is the ... More


Our inner defense systems

Mats Lekander

in The Inflamed Feeling: The Brain's Role in Immune Defence

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780198863441
eISBN:
9780191895937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863441.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, Clinical Psychology

The chapter describes the central functioning of the immune system, making clear how the substantial threat from microorganisms needs to be handled through a multitude of mechanisms. The basic ... More


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