The Inflammatory Process

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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Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

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.

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