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

ISBN-10: 0262525348

ISBN-13: 9780262525343

Edition: 2013

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In Infectious Behavior, neurobiologist Paul Patterson examines theinvolvement of the immune system in autism, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder. Althoughgenetic 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 andthe immune system and their involvement in mental illness. Patterson focuses on this brain-immunecrosstalk, exploring the possibility that it may help us understand the causes of these common butstill mysterious diseases. The heart of this engaging book, accessible to nonscientists, concernsthe involvement of the immune systems of the pregnant woman and her fetus, and a consideration ofmaternal infection as a risk factor for schizophrenia and autism. Patterson reports on research thatmay shed light on today's autism epidemic. He also outlines the risks and benefits of both maternaland postnatal vaccinations.
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
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.

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