Ancient and intricate, highly effective and ever vigilant, your immune system is engaged in a perpetual biological balancing act, 'making trade-offs to keep the peace, to maintain homeostasis, to let the individual live as long as is practical.' Richtel approaches this essential subject with awe, his writing meticulous and empathic.
Richtel succeeds in this formidable task using colloquial prose with touches of humor ... The patient stories are vividly told ... While successfully communicating the science of Allison and Honjo and related clinical advances to a lay reader, Richtel occasionally lapses into hyperbole.
... Richtel has exactly the right set of tools to explain how everything you know is wrong, why it’s wrong, and why that’s important — as well as what we actually now believe is right. Not only does he make all this accessible, he also ensures that you don’t feel bad about your previous misconceptions; after all, you’re no different from most scientists until the very recent past ... chtel, for his part, constructs from these four individual cases a compelling modern history of — as well as an elegant defense for — the preeminent science of our time.