By Ben-Barak, Idan
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.Read more
Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science and an MSc in microbiology from the Hadassah School of Medicine at the University of Jerusalem, and is currently working towards a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. His first foray into writing for a popular readership was submitting a couple of quirky pieces of fiction to New Scientist. He received a scholarship from the Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers at the University of Melbourne to work on Small Wonders, his first book.
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