Still Learning from Leprosy
Reciprocity is not a value usually associated with scientific endeavors, yet perhaps no area of biomedical science has greater possibilities for providing reciprocal insights between basic science and clinical medicine than the immunology of infectious diseases. Basic knowledge of the immune system is clearly essential to understand pathogenesis of many infectious diseases and to develop new interventions to modulate or control resistance to infectious pathogens. It is increasingly clear that study of the interactions between pathogens and the immune system is reciprocally providing extraordinarily valuable insights in the fundamental questions of function and regulation of the immune system. Leprosy provides a wonderful example of the reciprocity between basic immunology and clinical medicine.
KeywordsChromium Influenza Tuberculosis rifampiCin Dermatol
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