The Beautiful Cure

Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defences

  • Engels
  • 9781847923745
  • februari 2018
  • 288 pagina's
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'One of those books that makes you look at everything human in a new, challenging and thrilling way' Stephen Fry

'Brilliantly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery' Bill Bryson

The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works – and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind – and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being.

The body's ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But within the last few years painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our understanding of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Far more powerful than any medicine ever invented, it also plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Already we have found ways to harness these natural defences to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether or not activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience.

Written by an expert at the forefront of this adventure, The Beautiful Cure tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, of lives sacrificed and saved, introducing the reader to this revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.


Thrilling ... An eye-opening tour de force of scientific writing that reads like the best kind of adventure story -- Stephen Fry One of the best accounts I have yet come across of the nature of biological science ... Daniel Davis's wonderful book recounts in exceptionally clear and sympathetic prose how research into the immune system has resulted in a health revolution -- Henry Marsh * New Statesman * Thoroughly absorbing ... Davis is a wonderful storyteller -- Bill Bryson Terrific ... Davis relates the extraordinary modern developments in supercharging the body's own immune system to fight disease, and one day maybe even eliminate cancer -- Steven Poole * *****Telegraph * Thrilling ... Do not underestimate the importance of immunology. This field relates to you personally -- Adam Rutherford * Guardian * An inspirational book that not only reveals the secret joys of scientific discovery but is jam-packed full of revelations for non-scientists * Mail on Sunday * 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 * Highly readable, beautifully researched, backed up with notes, references and interviews by Davis himself, whose status as an immunology professor confers added credibility. He believes that we now know enough about the major components and interactions of the immune system to begin manipulating them to cure diseases such as cancer. We stand, he predicts, on the threshold of a medical revolution * New Scientist * A sweeping tour d'horizon ... lucid and entertaining ... Much as Siddhartha Mukherjee did in his book The Gene, Davis expertly weaves together human stories and scientific endeavour * The Times * New ways to treat cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other age-related diseases ... Davis is a sure and engaging guide to these developments * Observer * A terrific book by a consummate storyteller and scientific expert * Guardian * Gives extraordinary new details of an ancient remedy that is already more marvellous, powerful and flexible than any medicine to come out of a lab -- Roger Highfield The human body is the most complicated assemblage of chemicals in the known universe. It's a huge scientific challenge to understand how we metabolise, how we acquire immunity, and how drugs work. Daniel Davis is a distinguished expert in this field - and he's a fine writer too. He portrays vividly how great discoveries emerge - via prolonged effort, via cooperation and competition, and sometime sheer luck. This gripping book gives an authentic flavour of how science is actually done - and why it's important for humanity's future -- Martin Rees This book is an insight into new, remarkable and almost unnoticed advances in immunology and shows how medicine is moving on from the world of the gene to the world of the antibody -- Steve Jones Any reader completely unfamiliar with the workings of the immune system is likely to be dumbstruck with admiration for its intricacy ... Davis's book is full of enlivening little anecdotes * Literary Review * [The Beautiful Cure] offers fresh perspectives on future research strategies -- Audrey R. Glynn * Science * Superb -- Matt Chilton, **Books of the Year** * Daily Telegraph * We all think we know how the immune system works, roughly. This exciting and elegant book on new discoveries shows how wrong we were -- 50 Best Books of 2018 * Daily Telegraph * Engaging and lucid... [There is] a compelling human story of the researchers who made the discoveries. The author has gone to great lengths to interview the key players in the story -- Andrew Taylor-Robinson * The Biologist *



februari 2018
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288 pagina's


Daniel M Davis
Vintage Publishing



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