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Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Philipp Dettmer (Autor)

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A 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 truly 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 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.… (més)
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Títol:Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive
Autors:Philipp Dettmer (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2021), 368 pages
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Imagine if you asked a science enthusiast to explain the immune system to you as if you were in kindergarten. They’d probably come up with something like this book. Easy to understand language, not a lot of terminology, pretty pictures, and enough repetition to give things a chance to sink in. Maybe some silly zoomorphism – for example, this asks to you think of the beneficial bacteria your body hosts as cute bunnies – which keeps its yuck factor at practically zero. In addition, the info it presents is up to date enough to touch on mRNA vaccines and Covid-19. Overall, this is a highly readable guide that makes the science of immunology a little more comprehendible and does it in an entertaining way. ( )
  wandaly | Feb 22, 2022 |
I really enjoyed this enthusiastic introduction to the human immune system -- both innate immunity (for responding to localized tissue damage) and adaptive immunity (for long-term memory against infections). It’s directed to a lay (especially a younger and/or fun-loving lay) audience, and its memorable, anthropomorphic metaphors and colorful illustrations provide some accessibility into the insane complexity of immunity. ( )
  DetailMuse | Feb 20, 2022 |
This book goes in-depth of what an immune system is and how it works; talks about the various cells involved, the role of innate and adaptive systems and the differences between how pathogens attack us.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, though there were a couple of issues. In one section, the author says you don't want a strong immune system, but in the next he says exercising boosts your immune system. But I get his intent though.

Yes, even the notes at the end of the chapter are invaluable and I've read through each of them. Reading such book helps understand your blood report where you see Neutrophil count being within range - tells your body doesn't have any infection now. ( )
  nmarun | Feb 10, 2022 |
Immune is probably the best science book for people who don't read science books. It's like a rollercoaster ride through a biology theme park! I had a blast listening to the audiobook which perfectly balances conversational tone, jokes, and layman perspective with serious science and complexity of the human immune system.

The author is a master explainer and entertainer. He builds engaging stories, leverages humor, and fills the book with metaphors that now live in my head rent-free. I wish more biology teachers present their material this way. I was retelling parts of this book to my kids and they were laughing out loud all the time, but also understood and remembered the crucial concepts I was explaining.

What I like the most about this book is that it infects (pun intended) the reader with an appreciation for our wonderful bodies. Curiosity, sense of wonder, and excitement of the author are contiguous and make the learning experience so much easier. This is not the most detailed and nuanced explanation of our immune system, but surely the most approachable and effective one.

The only thing that broke the flow for me was numerous repetitions. Most of them were the result of the author trying to take care of the reader a bit too much. This was not so annoying and actually helped when I was listening with longer breaks as summarized what's needed to remember before we make the next step. The rest I can find no explanation for (I felt so much relief when in Chapter 40 finally autoimmune diseases were discussed because in each of the previous 39 I was reminded that we will touch on them later in the book).

Overall I enjoyed Immune a lot and learned some new things too! I'll surely buy a paper copy in Polish for my kids as soon as it will be available. ( )
  sperzdechly | Dec 30, 2021 |
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.

But most of us never really stop to ask: What even is our 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 full-color 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. ( )
  aitastaes | Dec 12, 2021 |
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A 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 truly 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 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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