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Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive (Hardback)

By Dettmer, Philipp

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A gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt--In a Nutshell Through wonderful analogies and a genius for clarifying complex ideas, Immune is a t...ruly brilliant introduction to the human body's vast system for fighting infections and other threats. --John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars You wake up and feel a tickle in your throat. Your head hurts. You're mildly annoyed as you get the kids ready for school and dress for work yourself. Meanwhile, an epic war is being fought, just below your skin. Millions are fighting and dying for you to be able to complain as you head out the door. So what, exactly, is your immune system? Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you've been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body. Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body's defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself. Enlivened by engaging graphics and immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects--immunology--into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.
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ISBN 9780593241318
Publisher Random House
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780593241318
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dettmer, Philipp
Category Anatomy
Biology & Life Sciences
Human Biology & Related Topics
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 186mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 616.079
Weight 1,077g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Immunology, Immune system
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text General/trade