• Bijan Safai
  • Robert A. Good

Part of the Comprehensive Immunology book series (COMIMUN, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Susanna Cunningham-Rundles
    Pages 1-33
  3. Frederic C. McDuffie
    Pages 35-45
  4. Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles
    Pages 47-63
  5. Irma Gigli
    Pages 65-100
  6. Ralph Snyderman, Marilyn C. Pike
    Pages 101-114
  7. Stanley A. Schwartz, K. Murali Krishna Rao
    Pages 129-140
  8. Robert B. Zurier, Peter W. Ramwell
    Pages 161-175
  9. Gerald S. Lazarus, Roderick M. Farb, Charlotte A. Thomas
    Pages 177-187
  10. W. Mitchell Sams Jr.
    Pages 197-215
  11. Michael J. Fellner
    Pages 217-227
  12. John A. Hansen, James M. Woodruff, Robert A. Good
    Pages 229-257
  13. Nicholas A. Soter, K. Frank Austen
    Pages 273-292
  14. Dorothea Zucker-Franklin
    Pages 293-299
  15. Jon M. Hanifin
    Pages 301-311

About this book


By 1940, immunological mechanisms had been proved to have fundamental influ­ ences on a great number and variety of skin reactions, and skin diseases had brought to light a great number of fundamental immunological mechanisms that were basic to a wide range of different diseases, dermatological and nondermato­ logical. The preeminence of dermatological research in the advancement of immu­ nological knowledge should not astonish anyone. For the skin is not only the most easily accessible tissue for producing and studying immunological reactions, it is also the great organ of protection that meets the first onslaughts of inimical environmental forces and agents-potential enemies, both living and dead. And protection is in essence what immunology is all about. To get an idea of the long-established role that testing the skin and the study of its many reactions has played in advancing general immunology, one need recall only smallpox vaccination; tuberculin testing; testing with fungal extracts; skin testing in hay fever, asthma, and serum sickness; skin tests with toxins and toxoids; the patch test; the passive transfer of skin-adhering antibodies (reagins); skin sensitization by simple chemicals; and similar dermatological procedures that have exerted their influence on medical and scientific disciplines far beyond dermatology.


antibody asthma dermatology diseases immunology skin skin disease vaccination

Editors and affiliations

  • Bijan Safai
    • 1
  • Robert A. Good
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-7230-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-7228-2
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