The War Within Us: Everyman's Guide to Infection and Immunity by Cedric A. MimsThe War Within Us: Everyman's Guide to Infection and Immunity by Cedric A. Mims

The War Within Us: Everyman's Guide to Infection and Immunity

byCedric A. MimsEditorCedric A. Mims

Hardcover | August 21, 1995

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Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. InThe War Within Us,well-known author and infectious disease specialist Cedric Mims makes the intricacies of the immune system and infectious diseases less baffling for the general reader and answers the questions of how things work and why. The story is told in terms of the ancient conflict between the invader (the infectious disease) and the defender (the body's immune system) and the strategies and counter-strategies used by both sides, making it a book that is both informative and interesting to read.
The War Within Usis an ideal introduction to the basics of immunity and infection for general readers and students. It also serves as a quick reference book for physicians, researchers, and other health workers.

  • Parasite versus host
  • The conflict: how we defend ourselves
  • The microbe's response to our defence
  • How microbes cause diseas
  • Thumbnail sketches of seven selected diseases:
  • The threat of new diseases
Cedric Mims began as a zoologist, studying under GP Wells and JBS Haldane at University College, London. He then went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, graduating in 1952. After hospital appointments he spent three years in Uganda studying tropical fevers, and then 16 years in Canberra, Australia, interspersed with two ...
Title:The War Within Us: Everyman's Guide to Infection and ImmunityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 21, 1995Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0124982514

ISBN - 13:9780124982512

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Table of Contents

The Parasite Versus the Host:
How We Defend Ourselves:
Surfaces Barriers and the Early Defences.
Immune Defences.
Chinks in the Armour: Things That Go Wrong With Our Defences.
The Microbe's Response to Our Defence:
Breaching the Early Defences.
How to Evade Immune Defences.
The Disease:
From Residents to Big Killers.
How Microbes Cause Disease.
Thumbnail Sketches of Seven Selected Diseases.
What the Future Holds:
The Threat of New Diseases.
Our Answers to Infectious Diseases.
Selected Reading.

Editorial Reviews

"Mims has written an attractive and brief overview of the current understanding of immunity and infectious disease...the reader is left with a broad understanding of the insidious destructiveness of infectious diseases." -- Nature"The book is a fascinating read. It combines clinical science and popular medicine, with easily recognisable cases from everyday life. It looks at how our bodies work in defending against fighting infection, and how discoveries have changed our understanding of both the immune system and the invaders, both friend and foe." -- BMA Awards 2001