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Dying to Live
How our Bodies Fight Disease

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036559

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  • How do our bodies fight disease? Written in clear accessible style this book gives an account of the inner workings of our immune systems. Aimed at the general reader it looks at fascinating areas of science including fever, AIDS and cancer. Central to the book, from which the title derives, is the idea that in the war against disease our bodies sacrifice millions of cells - antibodies and other specialized elements of the immune system. Only by pitting all manner of complex immune cells against such infectious agents can we continue to survive in the world. Of interest to anyone who has wondered what is really happening when we get ill and recover.

    • Clear and vivid explanation of how our bodies fight disease
    • Written by an expert with a gift for explaining
    • A topic of wide interest
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    'Dying to Live is a testimony to Kendall's clarity and pragmatism.' The Lancet

    '… an excellent booklet which we recommend highly …' Cellular and Molecular Biology

    '… a very readable popular science book.' British Society for Developmental Biology

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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036559
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.329kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. Recognition:
    1. Molecules of distinction
    2. Distinctive families
    3. Patterns of life
    Part II. Reaction:
    4. Repelling invaders
    5. The fight begins
    6. The main campaigns
    Part III. Recovery:
    7. Life after death
    8. Survival of the fittest
    9. Struggle for survival
    10. The new millennium
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Author

    Marion D. Kendall

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