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Immunity: the Evolution of an Idea

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2017.11.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alfred I. Tauber, Immunity: the Evolution of an Idea, Oxford University Press, 2017, 303pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190651244. Reviewed by Melinda Bonnie Fagan, University of Utah Tauber's new book characterizes immunology as a science concerned with the establishment and maintenance of identity and individuality. As with much of Tauber's previous work, the book is concerned with the transformation of fundamental ideas about immunity. Tauber advocates an alternative to the currently-prevalent conception of immunity as defense of an autonomous individual self. On this alternative, which he terms "the ecological view," the immune self is not a fixed entity but dynamic, emerging continuously from interactions between the organism as traditionally conceived and its internal and external environments. The book's central argument is that the ecological view is more comprehensive and better empirically-supported. . .

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