Mind-Body Interactions and Disease

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MIND-BODY INTERACTIONS AND DISEASE. (book) Edited by Nick Hall, Susan Blumenthal, and Fred Altman.

This still timely classic was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health to provide a record of the seminal studies that defined the field of Psychoneuroimmunology. The authors of the more than thirty chapters describe the groundbreaking research that gave rise to a new field of medicine. This book is for the person who is seeking a clear understanding of how the brain and immune system interact, especially in the context of illness. Laboratory and clinical studies are described by a who’s who of Psychoneuroimmunology scientists. You’ll learn about a group of women with breast cancer who lived an average of 18 months longer through participation in a behavioral intervention. You’ll discover how one’s state of mind can become a biological advantage that can improve the health of those with a dysfunctional immune system, as well as the links between the emotions of stress and chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and tuberculosis.