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An elegant defense : the extraordinary new science of the immune system : a tale in four lives

Author: Matt Richtel
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A groundbreaking narrative exploration of the human immune system--the key to human health and longevity--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and acclaimed author of A Deadly Wandering"--
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Genre/Form: Popular Work
Personal Narrative
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Richtel
ISBN: 9780062698537 0062698532 9780062698490 0062698494 9780062699107 0062699105
OCLC Number: 1047637616
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Lives in the balance. The ties that bind --
Jason --
Bob --
Linda and Merredith --
Part II. The immune system and the festival of life. The bird, dog, starfish, and magic bullet --
The festival --
Festival crashers --
The mystery organ --
The B-word --
T cells and B cells --
Vaccines --
The infinity machine --
Transplant --
The immune system's fingerprint --
Inflammation --
Fever --
Flash Gordon --
The harmonious way --
Three wise men and a monoclonal antibody --
A second immune system --
Part III. Bob. Sex machine --
GRID --
The phone call --
CD4 and CD8 --
Magic --
The prime --
Part IV. Linda and Merredith. Linda --
The wolf --
Invisible evidence --
Best of both worlds (sort of) --
Merredith --
Should you pick your nose? --
Microbiome --
Stress --
Sleep --
Part V. Jason. A word about cancer --
Laughter and tears --
The Lazarus mouse --
Wound healing --
Programmed death --
The breakthrough --
Jason races time --
Shepherd of death --
Trials, personal and clinical --
The other shoe --
Part VI. Homecoming. Bob --
Linda --
Jan and Ron --
Jason down the white tunnel --
Jason rises --
Apollo 11 --
Home --
Jason's way --
The meanings of life --
The meaning of Jason.
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"Vividly told. ... Explicates for the lay reader the intricate biology of our immune system. ... Richtel succeeds in this formidable task." -- JEROME GROOPMAN, <em>New York Review of Books Read more...

 
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