Synopses & Reviews
A scientist explains her breakthrough research that offers new insights into why stress can cause illness. Illuminating the mind-body connection, Sternburg reveals how nerves, cells, and hormones are used by the brain and immune system to communicate with each other. 28 illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-227) and index.
Table of Contents
Emotions and disease : molecules and ancient myths -- Where do emotions come from? -- The dirty soup beyond our skin : how the immune system defends against the outside world -- Putting the mind and body back together again -- It's a two-way street : the immune system talks to the brain and the brain talks back -- When the brain-immune communication breaks down -- Can stress make you sick? -- Connecting to others : relationships and the course of disease -- Can believing make you well? -- How the immune system changes our moods -- Prometheus unbound : what does the future hold?