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    Matt Richtel.
    Summary: 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."--Adapted from jacket

    Contents:
    Part I. Lives in the balance. The ties that bind
    Jason
    Bob
    Linda and Merredith
    Part II. The immune system and the festival of life. The bird, dog, starfish, and magic bullet
    The festival
    Festival crashers
    The mystery organ
    The B-word
    T cells and B cells
    Vaccines
    The infinity machine
    Transplant
    The immune system's fingerprint
    Inflammation
    Fever
    Flash Gordon
    The harmonious way
    Three wise men and a monoclonal antibody
    A second immune system
    Part III. Bob. Sex machine
    GRID
    The phone call
    CD4 and CD8
    Magic
    The prime
    Part IV. Linda and Merredith. Linda
    The wolf
    Invisible evidence
    Best of both worlds (sort of)
    Merredith
    Should you pick your nose?
    Microbiome
    Stress
    Sleep
    Part V. Jason. 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
    Part VI. Homecoming. Bob
    Linda
    Jan and Ron
    Jason down the white tunnel
    Jason rises
    Apollo 11
    Home
    Jason's way
    The meanings of life
    The meaning of Jason.
    Digital Access 2019
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