Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine

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Chicago Review Press, Apr 1, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Around Christmas of 1882, while peering through a microscope at starfish larvae in which he had inserted tiny thorns, Russian zoologist Elie Metchnikoff had a brilliant insight: what if the mobile cells he saw gathering around the thorns were the same as white blood cells that traveled to the site of an injury or infection in a human or other animal? Was this some form of cellular defense? Metchnikoff's theory of immunity, that phagocytes—white blood cells—formed the first line of defense against invading bacteria would eventually earn the scientist the unofficial moniker "Father of Natural Immunity" and a Nobel Prize. But first, he had to convince his colleagues, including the skeptical Robert Koch. Author Luba Vikhanski chronicles Metchnikoff's remarkable life, work, and discoveries in Immunity, the first modern biography of this hero of medicine. Metchnikoff was a towering figure in the scientific community of the early 20th century, a tireless humanitarian who worked to curb cholera, syphilis, and other diseases, and pioneered research into probiotics and gerontology. Though Metchnikoff is largely forgotten today, Vikhanski makes a compelling case that his work on natural immunity is finally receiving the attention it deserves.

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A gem for the right reader Dr. Elie Metchnikoff was a remarkable man at a remarkable period of history and Luba Vikhanski has done a good job of telling us his story. The controversy that his immune ... Read full review

IMMUNITY: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine

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A resurrection of the life of "one of the founding fathers of immunology," Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916). Vikhanski (In Search of the Lost Cord: Solving the Mystery of Spinal Cord Regeneration, 2001 ... Read full review


A Romantic Chapter
Not by Yogurt Alone
Vive la Vie
Law of Longevity
The Nature of
Papa Boiled
The ButterMilk Craze

A Person of Extreme Convictions
The True Story
An Outsiders Advantage
Eating Cells
Curative Digestion
The Pasteur Boom
An Oriental Fairy Tale
A Fateful Detour
The Immunity
The Temple on Rue Dutot
Engine in the Dark
An Amazing Friend
The Soul of Inflammation
Metchnikoffs Policemen
Under the Sword of Damocles
Law of Life
Building a Better Castle
The Demon of Science
Kicking Against the Goads
A True Malady
Absurd Prejudice
Return of a Psychosis
Biological Romances
Mais Cest Metchnikoff
Triumphant Tour
Two Monarchs
A Metchnikoff
Rational Worldview
The Last
A True Benefactor
Olgas Crime
Metchnikoffs Life
Ultimate Closure

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Luba Vikhanski is an award-winning author with 25 years of experience as a popular science journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Nature Medicine, and the Jerusalem Post, and is the author of A Well-Informed Patient's Guide to Breast Surgery and In Search of the Lost Cord: Solving the Mystery of Spinal Cord Regeneration. She lives in Israel.

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