A leading expert introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its break-through medical cures and discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health.
Daniel M. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester. His research, using super-resolution microscopy to study immune cell biology, was listed in Discover magazine as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year. His previous book, The Compatibility Gene, was longlisted for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Science Book Prize, shortlisted for the Society of Biology Book Prize and described by Bill Bryson in the Guardian's Books of the Year as 'elegantly written and unexpectedly gripping'. He is also the author of over 120 academic papers, collectively cited over 10,000 times, including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American.
"An eye-opening tour de force of scientific writing that reads like the best kind of adventure story. As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within - our immune system. One of those books that makes you look at everything human in a new, challenging and thrilling way" -- STEPHEN FRY
"Forget AI, robotics, the internet of things. This is where the future feels strange and exciting: in the 'inner universe' of our immune system, and in the radically new therapies that are using it to conquer disease" * Sunday Times *
"One of the best accounts I have yet come across of the nature of biological science and discovery ... Daniel Davis's wonderful book recounts in exceptionally clear and sympathetic prose how research into the immune system in recent decades has resulted in what amounts to a health revolution ... Davis's book illustrates this wonderfully well: the immune system is a thing of great beauty and awesome complexity" -- Henry Marsh * New Statesman *
"Brilliantly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery" -- BILL BRYSON
"Davis relates the extraordinary modern developments in immunotherapy - the idea of somehow supercharging the body's own immune system to fight disease, and one day maybe even eliminate cancer ... The general upshot of Davis's terrific analysis seems to be that if there's anything in medical science that could ever count as a panacea - something to cure all ills - it would be the immune system itself ... Not only a fascinating but an entertaining read" -- Steven Poole * *****Telegraph *