Molecules, Cells, and Disease

An Introduction to the Biology of Disease

  • Authors
  • Julien L. Van Lancker

Part of the Springer Study Edition book series (SSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Julien L. Van Lancker
    Pages 1-32
  3. Julien L. Van Lancker
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  12. Julien L. Van Lancker
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 297-311

About this book


In tracing their origin and their fate, the beginning and the end of their environment, humans have often been guided by curiosity. Such concern has helped man to discover, among other things, the structure of the universe from star to atom and the evolution of life from unicellular organism to human being. The study of disease is unique. Although it may have been in­ spired by the curiosity of a few, it has always been the concern of all, because preventing or curing disease has meant survival not only of individuals, but of entire nations, not only of humans, but of fellow living creatures. If greed, force, religion, and language have been major causes of wars, diseases, more than arms, have often decided the outcome of battles and thereby have woven the pattern of history. For millennia, a large fraction of the human race believed that disease expressed the wrath of God(s) against individuals or societies. Therefore, only priests or priestesses, kings, and queens were endowed with the power of healing. In the West, Hippocrates is credited for exorcising this concept of disease and for objectively describing and cataloguing them. The contributions of Greek physicians to Western medicine made possible more accurate diagnoses and prognoses.


Cells Immunity Molecules Pathologie Peroxisom Viruses cellular mechanisms defense mechanism enzymes metabolism molecular mechanisms regulation

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-90242-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9418-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6234
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