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The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers - some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is our immune system, and without it we could not survive the eternal war between us and our microscopic enemies.
Immune explores the incredible arsenal that lives within us - how it knows what to attack and what to defend, and how it kills everything from the common cold to the plague bacterium. We see what happens when the immune system turns on us, and conversely how impossible life is without its protection. We learn how diseases try to evade the immune system, how they exploit vulnerabilities and even subvert it to their own advantage, and we discover how scientists are designing new drugs to harness the power of the system to advance medicine in the 21st century.
Some of the topics explored include: Why are so many people allergic to cats, but so few to hamsters? Do transplants ever reject their new bodies? What is pus? How does your body develop new weapons for new enemies? Why is cancer so hard for our immune system to fight? How does our immune system remember? Why did the 1918 flu pandemic kill mainly young, healthy people? Why did the 2009 swine flu outbreak lead to a spike in sleep disorders? Can we smell someone else's immune system? And does that help us subconsciously decide who we fall in love with?
Immune provides an entertaining, intriguing and accessible account of the body's defenses against disease. Drawing on everything from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, the audiobook takes listeners on an adventure packed with weird and wonderful facts about their own defense mechanisms, making this both informative and a great listen.
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By Clinton L. Holladay on 01-15-18


Very well researched and presented! Listen to it now! Very funny and thoughtful. Covers a large swath of immunology, microbiology, and modern medicine.

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By William on 10-28-17

Understand your inner awesomeness!

Wow! Proving its not whats on the outside but whats on the inside that counts!
One of the greatest compliments I can give this, or any book, is that the deeper the subject grew it didnt diminish my enjoyment of the remaining pages.
Yet the real genius of the book lies in the personal touch Catherine Carver puts in her writing, turning a complex subject such as immunity into something both educational and enjoyable too!
Truely written and adapted for me Im an electrician!

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