Basic Consumer Health Information about Disorders of the Immune System, Including Immune System Function and Response, Diagnosis of Immune Disorders, Information about Inherited Immune Disease, Acquired Immune Disease, and Autoimmune Diseases, Including Primary Immune Deficiency, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Graves Disease
Along with Treatments, Tips for Coping with Immune Disorders, a Glossary, and a Directory of Additional Resources
The immune system is the body's most powerful protection system, constantly working to maintain health. Usually the immune system is quite effective in warding off disease, but sometimes things go wrong. Bacteria or viruses may make it past the immune system defenses. or an autoimmune disease can develop in which the immune system attacks normal body cells.
Some viruses such as Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can cause the immune system to fail. Autoimmune diseases such as type-one diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis collectively afflict approximately five per cent of the U.S. population. More than one in every 500 U.S. citizens is born with an immune system defect, and approximately one in five people suffer from an autoimmune disease. Of these, the majority are women.
Immune System Disorders Sourcebook provides information about immune system function and disease. Readers learn about inherited, acquired, and autoimmune diseases including primary immune deficiency, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), lupus, multiple sclerosis, type one diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Graves' disease. Tips for coping with an immune disorder, caregiving, and treatments are presented along with a glossary and directory of additional resources.
Edited by Joyce Brennfleck Shannon. Charts and Tables. Index. List $95.00
2nd edition. 643 Pages. 978-0-7808-0748-8. 2005. $85.00.
What reviewers are saying . . .
"This should find a home in many public and medical libraries as an important resource for individuals and specific support groups." - Doody's Book Review Service, August 2006
"Highly recommended for academic and public libraries." - American Reference Books Annual, 2006
"The updated second edition is a 'must' for any consumer health library seeking a solid resource covering the treatments, symptoms, and options for immune disorder sufferers.... An excellent guide." - MBR Bookwatch, January 2006