In 2011, The New York Times commented “As late as 1985, the idea of a connection between the brain and the immune system was dismissed in an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine as ‘folklore.’”1
But evidence was growing for that connection. In 1980, psychiatrist and experimental psychologist Robert Ader coined the term Psychoneuroendocrinology to express the intercommunication between the brain and the immune system — and published results of experiments that demonstrated it. His findings were “incontrovertible,” said Anne Harrington, a Harvard professor of the history of science, in her 1997 book “The Placebo Effect.”2
Today the field produces medical breakthroughs.
A few samples of the contents of this section:
(The book contains much more.)
1 Vitello, “Robert Ader, Who Linked Stress and Illness, Dies at 79,” New York Times, New York edition, Section B:December 29, 2011), 8.