A Commotion in the Blood: Life, Death, and the Immune System

A Commotion in the Blood: Life, Death, and the Immune System
Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Author: Stephen S. Hall
Category: Science
Published: June 15th 1998 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1997)
Pages: 500 pages
Language English

A New York Times Notable Book, 1997 Library Journal, Best Book of 1997 Beginning with the "occasional miracles" of a mysterious turn-of-the-century cancer vaccine called Coley's toxins, Stephen S. Hall traces the story of how doctors have learned to harness the immune system and its "commotions" to develop a wide array of cutting-edge therapies. Moving deftly between laboratory and bedside, Hall's absorbing narrative navigates the politics of discovery and elucidates the dazzling complexities of the microscope slide, tracking the curiously potent cells and molecules at the heart of the immune response. From the author of "the best book written about the new age of biology" (Nobel laureate Philip Sharp), who "succeeds marvelously in making science accessible to the general reader," (New York Times), this fast-paced account of medicine in the making is part of the Sloan Foundation Technology Book series.

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