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

By Matt Richtel

An elegant defense: the extraordinary new science of the immune system: a tale in four lives by Matt Richtel
Added October 10, 2019

The immune system is a guardian vigilantly fighting illness, healing wounds, maintaining order and balance, and keeping us alive. Richtel interweaves the stories of four people: a terminal cancer patient who rises from the grave; a medical marvel who defies HIV; two women with autoimmunity who discover their own bodies have turned against them. As he leads us from the Black Plague to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics, to the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology, his four patients each illuminates an essential facet of our "elegant defense." —Summary adapted from book jacket

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