Living with Germs

Living with Germs : In Sickness and in Health

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The word germ is defined as 'a microbe that causes disease'. The vast majority of microbes do not infect us at all: it is pathogens that make us ill. These include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, worms, and prions. Living with Germs not only looks at all of these in detail, but also at the defence mechanisms by which we come to terms with them, whether by eliminating them, stopping them from eliminating us, or simply learning to live with them. This is the first book to look at the subject of immunology in a relevant and approachable style. Using anecdotal and autobiographical material, John Playfair has produced a lively, well-written, and up-to-date look at immunology. Timely and topical, this will appeal to all those who want to know the facts behind the 'germ' scare more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 120 x 184 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous tables and line drawings
  • 0192805819
  • 9780192805812
  • 1,666,154

About J. H. L. Playfair

Professor John Playfair was the Chairman of the Immunology Department at University College Hospital, where he established the immunology course, until his retirement a few years ago. He is the author of the highly respected textbook Infection and Immunity, soon to be published in its second edition (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Greg Bancroft).show more

Table of contents

PREFACE; Living with Germs; 1. Introduction: infection and immunity; 2. Pathogens; 3. Defence and immunity; 4. The pathogens fight back; 5. Symptoms, disease, pathology; 6. Immunodeficiency; 7. Controlling pathogens; 8. A look ahead; Glossary; Further Reading; Indexshow more

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I am greatly impressed by Playfair's description of the immune system ... told here more clearly than in any other popular account I have ever seen.'- Bernard Dixon, author of Beyond the Magic Bullet, and former Editor of New Scientistshow more

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