|About the Book|
David L. Felten, M.D., Ph.D. is a well known American neuroscientist and respected researcher whose contributions helped to establish the field of psychoneuroimmunology and laid the foundations for the physiological understanding of complementary and integrative medicine. Dr. Felten first demonstrated a direct connection between nerve fibers of the sympathetic nervous system and cells of the immune system in several organs, including the spleen, lymph nodes, thymus, and bone marrow. These nerves are major participants in stress responses and their health consequences. Dr. Felten has shown that these nerve connections can influence the onset and course of cancer, infectious diseases including retroviral infections, autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis), and age-related decline in immune responses. He currently is Vice President for Research and Medical Director of the Beaumont Research Institute at the William Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, MI and associate dean for research, at Oakland University.