Inflammation is a physiologic response to a variety of stimuli such as infections and tissue injury. In general, an acute inflammatory response has a rapid onset and lasts a short while. Acute inflammation is generally accompanied by a systemic reaction known as the acute-phase response, which is characterized by a rapid alteration in the levels of several plasma proteins. In some diseases persistent immune activation can result in chronic inflammation, which often has pathologic consequences.
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.