This book is a comprehensive, easy-to-read discussion of the organ-specific autoimmune endocrine diseases emphasizing new contributions and trends for research and management. It begins with a brief chapter introducing the general principles of immunology, followed by discussions covering topics such as immunogenetics and animal models and how they can be applied toward interpreting human autoimmune endocrine diseases, autoimmune thyroid diseases, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus hypophysitis, and Addison's disease. The book also discusses future trends toward gaining an understanding of these disorders and possible therapeutic principles. It is well-illustrated and will prove to be a useful reference source for internists, endocrinologists, and postgraduate students interested in human autoimmune endocrine diseases.
General Principles of Immunity. Animal Models of Autoimmune Endocrine Diseases: Diabetes and Thyroiditis. Immunogenetics of Autoimmune Endocrine Diseases. Immunology of the Thyroid. Immunology of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. Autoimmune Addison's Disease. Hypophysitis. Epilogue. Index.