The field of infectious diseases is fascinating. Mystery, intrigue, victory, and devastation are encountered on many levels.
Both the invading microbes and their competitors within the immune system are complex. The diseases fomented and the human response makes for gripping tales. But the in-depth study of infectious diseases is decidedly one of the most complicated subjects out there. The innumerable indecipherable terms and the scientific jargon that goes with it make most people want to take a pass at learning more about it.
"The Battle For Our Lives" attempts to share the fascinating subject of the engagement of our immune system against the microbes that attack us in a conversational, understandable tone. Words like interleukin, interferon, pathogenicity, virulence, and immunomodulation are explained in simple but complete terms. "Eschew obfuscation!"
While microbe versus immune system is vitally interesting, so are some of the stories about the battles against infectious afflictions conducted throughout the ages. Tales of incredible courage, fortitude, tragedy, and triumph are gripping and enlightening. Stories of Florence Nightingale, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner, Jonas Salk, and many other indomitable researchers are discussed.
Everybody gets an infectious disease. Common colds, athlete's foot, urinary tract infections, inflamed fingernails, diarrhea, sore throat, COVID and so many more. "The Battle For Our Lives" gives an easy-to-understand and thorough explanation of the battle within us. It's a compelling story.