A deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell
“Through wonderful analogies and a genius for clarifying complex ideas, Immune is a truly brilliant introduction to the human body’s vast system for fighting infections and other threats.”—John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
You wake up and feel a tickle in your throat. Your head hurts. You’re mildly annoyed as you get the kids ready for school and dress for work yourself. Meanwhile, an epic war is being fought, just below your skin. Millions are fighting and dying for you to be able to complain as you head out the door.
So what, exactly, is your immune system?
Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.
Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.
Enlivened by immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects—immunology—into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.
Love This Book, Easy To Understand, Very Informative, Teaches a Very Important Subject
This book (the book itself in its physical form, not necessarily the audiobook) was just great. It gave me a sense of the incredible world of the immune system, while making it simple to understand without losing any of its complexity. It also teaches something that people desperately need to understand better as a society: how the immune system actually works, so we can more effectively fight diseases in the future without ridiculous conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists derailing all of our attempts to keep the world healthy.
Before I listened to this book, I knew little to nothing about the immune system. After, however, I felt like I’m an expert in immunology (I’m definitely not). Even with all the simplicity, it was very complex at times. Personally, I like complex things, so this book was a blast to listen to.
Also, I have watched many videos produced by Kurzgesagt, and they’re pretty specific and complex, while also being easy to understand. I would highly suggest you go watch there videos (and maybe hit the Subscribe button?).
Thank you Kurzgesagt and Philipp Dettmer.
It sounds like I am being read to by a Turian. The narrator is great, I listen to him on the YTube channel all the time. This is a recording/ mic error.
Very disappointed with this, considering I bought this as a companion to the hard copy of the book I preordered.
I’m very much so considering trying to reverse this purchase.
Edit- sounds horrible over headphones and my phone but not over my vehicles speakers.