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

Richtel, Matt, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 616.079 RIC (Text) 33500013021183 New Checked out 09/06/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062698537
  • ISBN: 0062698532
  • ISBN: 9780062698490
  • ISBN: 0062698494
  • ISBN: 9780062699107
  • ISBN: 0062699105
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2019]

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General Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: Jason -- Jason and me -- Bob -- Linda and Merredith -- The bird, dog, starfish, and magic bullet -- The festival -- Festival crashers -- T-cells and B-cells -- The mystery organ -- The B-word -- Vaccines -- The infinity machine -- Transplant -- The immune system's fingerprint -- Inflammation -- Fever -- Flash Gordon -- Dr. Fauci names a lab -- Three wise men and a monoclonal antibody -- A second immune system -- Sex machine -- Grid -- The phone call -- CD-4 and CD-8 -- Magic -- The prime -- Linda -- The wolf -- Invisible evidence -- Best of both worlds (sort of) -- Merredith -- Should you pick your nose? -- Microbiome -- Stress -- Sleep -- 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 -- Bob -- Linda -- Jan and Ron -- Jason down the white tunnel -- Jason rises -- Apollo 13 -- Home -- Jason's way -- The meaning(s) of life -- The meaning of Jason.
Summary, etc.: "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"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    *Starred Review* Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, nonfiction writer, and crime novelist Richtel adroitly mingles cellular biology, scientific history, medical research, and patients' experiences as he explains how the immune system primarily protects our health but is also implicated in cancer, AIDS, and autoimmune disorders (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, lupus). He explores how the immune system recognizes self and other and how it distinguishes biological partner from biological foe. Richtel's discussion of immunology encompasses T cells and B cells, monoclonal antibodies, inflammation and fever, the human microbiome, and allies of the immune system (vaccines and antibiotics). Four individuals are cast as the faces of either hyperfunctioning or less than optimal immune systems. Jason, the author's friend from childhood, has late stage Hodgkin's lymphoma. Linda and Merredith have autoimmune diseases. Bob is HIV-infected but asymptomatic. The hygiene hypothesis gets hyped with one MD seriously suggesting, "You should not only pick your nose, you should eat it" (a yucky way perhaps to give your immune system a frequent workout). Ancient and intricate, highly effective and ever vigilant, your immune system is engaged in a perpetual biological balancing act, "making trade-offs to keep the peace, to maintain homeostasis, to let the individual live as long as is practical. Richtel approaches this essential subject with awe, his writing meticulous and empathic. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Immune system > Popular works.
Immunology > Popular works.
Immunologic diseases > Patients.
Immune system.
Genre: Popular works.

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