Number of pages: 72
Type of document: Book
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Guus H. van der Bie M.D.
Language of document: English
Title in English: Immunology, from the series: Bolks' Companions: Self and Non-self from a Phenomenological Point of View [Student version]
Abstract / summary in English:
Why write this new booklet on immunology when there are already so many excellent texts on the subject?
This Companion is about questions such as: why is it that the immune system functions as one organ? What coordinates the immunological functions?
Here, an attempt is made to develop a viewpoint to answer these questions.
By using a phenomenological approach, the factual knowledge obtained through reductionism is placed in a larger perspective.
The concept that is presented in this Companion is derived from the functioning of organisms, observed in the way that was introduced by Goethe in his phenomenological method. This also includes the acquisition of insight into the holistic concept behind the immune system. Moreover, the organism as a whole can then be seen as an expression of the same concept.