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Introduction and Organization. Overview of the Function of the Immune System. The Nervous System--Immune System Connection. The Study of Stress and Immunity. How Does the Hormonal Response Induced by Stress Alter the Immune System. Stress Effects on Immune-Related Diseases. Behaviors That Can Be Used to Buffer the Detrimental Effects of Stress on the Immune System and Health: Can a Stress-Resistant Brain Be Engineered? Effect of Maternal Stress on the Offspring. Psychoneuroimmunology and the Elderly. Index.