An explanation of the human immune system told like a detective story in
historical context. Each researcher who devised an alternative theory was
ridiculed by the orthodox medical profession. Time after time the most
important breakthroughs were made by individuals who worked in isolation.
The body generally heals itself. Medicine can sometimes help, but, in the
long run, the only cure for any infection is for the immune system to seek
out and destroy every infected cell. The amazing ability of the immune system
to recognize alien cells and mount a multilevel attack against them is explained
in exciting terms and put in an evolutionary perspective. He explains how
vaccination works - by taking advantage of the innate ability of the body to
develop antibodies to alien cells. He describes auto-immune diseases, organ
rejection, and cancer.
The final chapter is about biofeedback and seems out of place.
Year Read: 1987
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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