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In Defense of SelfHow the Immune System Really Works$
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William R. Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.001.0001

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When the Immune System Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Hypersensitivity and Allergy

When the Immune System Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Hypersensitivity and Allergy

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(p.145) 10 When the Immune System Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Hypersensitivity and Allergy
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In Defense of Self
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William R. Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.003.0010

As scientists looked ever more closely at the immune system during the first half of the 20th century, it became apparent that in a number of situations exposure to a foreign antigen did not lead to protective immunity, but rather to a state in which subsequent exposure to the same antigen could elicit a violent, often harmful, and occasionally fatal syndrome. This phenomenon of over-reaction became known as hypersensitivity. Examples of hypersensitivity in humans include hay fever, drug and venom allergies, food allergies, and asthma. The immunological bases of these disorders are described.

Keywords:   hypersensitivity, hay fever, allergy, drug allergy, venom allergy, food allergy, asthma

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