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This text explores the mind-body connection and what it means for health. Esther Sternberg provides accounts of the experiments that reveal the physical mechanisms - the nerves, cells and hormones - used by the brain and immune system to communicate with each other. She describes just how stress can make us more susceptible to all types of illness, and how the immune system can alter moods.
ESTHER M. STERNBERG, M.D., is Director of the Molecular, Cellular and Behavioral Interactic Neuroscience Program at the [US] National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health. She has written over one hundred scientific papers, reviews and book chapters about brain-immune connections, including articles in Scientific American and Nature Medicine.