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Intolerant Bodies Autoimmune diseases which affect 5 to 10 percent of the population are as unpredictable in their course as they are paradoxical in their cause They produce persistent suffering as they follow a drawn out often lifelong pattern of remission and recurrence Multiple sclerosis lupus rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes the diseases considered in this book are but a handful of the conditions that can develop when the immune system goes awry Intolerant Bodies is a uniue collaboration between Ian Mackay one of the prominent founders of clinical immunology and Warwick Anderson a leading historian of twentieth century biomedical science The authors narrate the changing scientific understanding of the cause of autoimmunity and explore the significance of having a disease in which one's body turns on itself The book unfolds as a biography of a relatively new concept of pathogenesis one that was accepted only in the 1950sIn their description of the onset symptoms and course of autoimmune diseases Anderson and Mackay uote from the writings of Charles Dickens Edgar Allan Poe Joseph Heller Flannery O'Connor and other famous people who commented on or grappled with autoimmune disease The authors also assess the work of the dedicated researchers and physicians who have struggled to understand the mysteries of autoimmunity Connecting laboratory research clinical medicine social theory and lived experience Intolerant Bodies reveals how doctors and patients have come to terms often reluctantly with this novel and puzzling mechanism of disease causation

  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Intolerant Bodies
  • Warwick Anderson
  • 04 March 2016
  • 9781421415338

1 thoughts on “Intolerant Bodies

  1. says:

    Very profound and enriching book explaining a lot of thinking behind what we know as a modern immunology When History meets Science you get powerful cocktail of ideas discoveries and as well failures and disappointments I found this book very hard to read because I truly wanted to grasp full width of the scope of the bookI would recommend this book to people interested in history of science particularly history of medicine immunology and microbiology

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