Tending Adam's Garden

Tending Adam's Garden : Evolving the Cognitive Immune Self

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Tending Adam's Garden describes and explains the way in which our immune system works from a novel perspective. The book uses metaphors and examples to bring the immune system to life and explores the fundamental miracle of nature. Written in plain language for a broad audience, this book encompasses much more than just immunology, exploring more fundamental matters such as causality, information, energy, evolution, cognition and individuality, as well as the strategy of the immune system and its role in health and disease.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 24mm | 639.56g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0121783553
  • 9780121783556

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Because autoimmune disorders can wreak havoc in both humans and animals, these disorders are now the objects of intense and focused research. This book details specific animal models for a variety of autoimmune disorders.
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Table of contents

From the Pre-Publication Quotes
On Causality and Evolution
On Cognition
On Immunity
On Autoimmunity
On Tending Adam's Garden
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Review quote

"Cohen's book is an excellent and genuine scientific work."
-Yair Neuman, Ben-Gurion University of Negev, for SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (June 2002)

"...without a question a special book...full of insights and felicitous comparisons and analogies."
-SCIENCE (July 2001)

"Tending Adam's Garden is an ambitious statement about biology and like ... Richard Dawkin's The Selfish Gene, it seeks to establish a new vision,a different way of conceiving the organism."
- The New England Journal of Medicine

"The book is beautiful, as I suspected it would be, full of deep thought and philosophy. We are in need of your visions."
- Alex Whelan, St James Hospital, Dublin

"It's TERRIFIC. Very clear, very well written, without a trace of cliche or second-hand thought. And amusing, full of good jokes and poetical statements. Most important, it seems to me to be true ..."
- Av Mitchison, University College London

"Putting my reservations aside, I can recommend ,Tending Adam's Garden highly to laypeople and scientists alike, whether they are knowledgeable about immunology or not, as one way into the immune system."
- Charles A. Janeway, Jr., Immunobiology, Yale University School of Medicine on American Scientist Webpage
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About Irun R. Cohen

Dr. Irun R. Cohen studied philosophy at Northwestern University (B.A., 1959) and medicine at Northwestern Medical School (MD., 1963). He did pediatric training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and research in infectious diseases as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Dr. Cohen is the Director of the Robert Koch-Minerva Center for Research in Autoimmune Diseases, at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Emerging Diseases, in Jerusalem, Israel. He has published numerous scientific journal articles and edited or co-authored 4 books.
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