Chapter 14 : Whither Psychoneuroimmunology?

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This chapter emphasizes that though psychoneuroimmunology has become an established subdiscipline of microbiology, with its own journals and worldwide conferences, it has not matured as lustily as seemed likely three decades ago. If this happens increasingly frequently, it can indicate the forging of new conceptual or practical links in the advancement of science. That was what the Institute for Scientific Information scientome-tricians had spotted, using techniques described by Henry Small and Eugene Garfield in the , in the nexus between the formerly distinct sciences of psychology and immunology. This chapter also talks about research works some of which were based on the idea that immune status and the virulence of the invader were what determined the outcome of rhinovirus infection. Sylvia Reed's work with the help of healthy volunteers demonstrated that those with more types of social ties were less susceptible to colds triggered by inoculation with rhinoviruses. However, despite a number of advances at the molecular level, researchers still seem not to have been able to attain anything like a full understanding of the phenomena that signaled the emergence of psychoneuroimmunology in the first place.

Citation: Dixon B. 2009. Whither Psychoneuroimmunology?, p 61-65. In Animalcules. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817442.ch14
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