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Your immune system’s war isn’t Saving Private Ryan — it’s Homeland

A review of Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? by Idan Ben-Barak describes the complicated germ warfare being conducted daily within us

6 December 2014

9:00 AM

6 December 2014

9:00 AM

Why Aren’t We Dead Yet?: The Survivor’s Guide to the Immune System Idan Ben-Barak

Scribe, pp.204, £12.99, ISBN: 9781922247667

Before I read this book, I imagined the immune system as a defensive force, like the Germans on the beaches at Normandy on June 6 1944. When you’re young and vital, your immune system is the Germans in the early morning — scanning the horizon for movement, with plenty of ammunition in reserve.

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