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Infectious Behavior Brain-Immune Connections in Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression

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ISBN-10: 0262016451

ISBN-13: 9780262016452

Edition: 2011

Authors: Paul H. Patterson

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In Infectious Behavior, neurobiologist Paul Patterson examines the involvement of the immune system in autism, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder. Although genetic approaches to these diseases have garnered the lion's share of publicity and funding, scientists are uncovering evidence of the important avenues of communication between the brain and the immune system and their involvement in mental illness. Patterson focuses on this brain-immune crosstalk, exploring the possibility that it may help us understand the causes of these common but still mysterious diseases. The heart of this engaging book, accessible to nonscientists, concerns the involvement of the immune systems of the…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/9/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Paul H. Patterson, a developmental neurobiologist, is Anne P. and Benjamin R. BiagginiProfessor of Biological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology and a Research Professorof Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. He isthe coauthor (with Alan Brown) of The Origins of Schizophrenia.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fever and Madness
Brain-Immune Connections, Stress, and Depression
The Battleground of the Fetal-Maternal Environment
Prenatal Origins of Adult Health and Disease
Infections and Behavior
Animal Models of Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression?
Immune Involvement in Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression
Pre- and Postnatal Vaccination: Risks and Benefits
Reasons for Optimism
Perspectives
Further Reading
Index