Why Aren't We Dead Yet?: the survivor's guide to the immune system (Paperback)Idan Ben-Barak (author)
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Disease - specifically infectious disease - is what eventually kills the overwhelming majority of us. In fact, it's amazing that it doesn't get us sooner: we fight off millions of disease-causing germs every day.
So how come we're not dead yet? In this lively and accessible book, Idan Ben-Barak tells us why. He explores the immune system and what keeps it running, how germs are destroyed, and why we develop immunities to certain disease-causing agents. He also examines the role of antibiotics and vaccines, and looks at what the future holds for our collective chances of not being dead.
This is entertaining and thoughtful science writing to inspire the student interested in a career in medicine or immunology, or to inform the reader who just wants to understand more about their body while having a laugh along the way.
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 16 mm
Edition: New edition
'[F]riendly and engaging ... accessible to anyone who's curious about the mechanics of the human body.'-- Thuy On * The Age *
'A terrific introduction to the complicated beast that keeps us alive.'-- Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
'This surprisingly ambitious, eminently accessible book brilliantly summarizes the essential features of the immune system for a lay audience. The quirky humour masks an underlying authority and competence. The work is right up to date, even incorporating recent Nobel Prize winning insights into the evolutionarily ancient innate immune system. It is a triumph of popular medical science.'-- Sir Gustav Nossal
'An accessible account of a complex and important topic.'-- Prof. Peter C. Doherty, Nobel Prize winner
'The book is hilarious in a science-nerd kind of way, and the personal notations and anecdotes from Ben-Barak put a real human touch on information that can sometimes come off as clinical and complex.'* Adventures in Poor Taste *
'I loved this book. Ben-Barak assumes the reader starts with no knowledge of the immune system but does not make the further assumption that we're ignorant. He explains in simple terms but without condescension. He adds liberal doses of humour, often self-deprecating. He writes with an unusual kindness that makes me think he is a kind person, one who would be a lovely dinner guest.'* Tonstant Weader Reviews *
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