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An Epidemic of Absence

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"Remarkable...Moises Velasquez-Manoff draws together hundreds of studies to craft a powerful narrative carrying a fascinating argument." "A reportorial journey into a frontier of science and health." "A brilliant and important book that will change the way you think about illness, medicine, genetics, and even evolution. Modern living has vanquished many serious health challenges, but also created many new ones. Moises Velasquez-Manoff forces us to confront the very personal ramifications of biological interdependence. Humans will never stand apart from our ecology. The sooner we realize that, and embrace it, the better off we'll all be." - David Shenk, author, "The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ" "Modern medicine gave us antibiotics and hygiene, which saved untold lives. But it also altered the intimate balance between our bodies and their residents--the viruses, bacteria, fungi, and worms that infected our ancestors for millions of years. "An Epidemic of Absence" is an absorbing, impressively researched look at the result of this medical revolution: a global disruption of immune systems." -Carl Zimmer, author of "Parasite Rex" and "A Planet of Viruses" ""An Epidemic of Absence" explores recent research into the causes of human immune system malfunction against a background of evolution and human history. This book is a fascinating read for lay-persons, and it will even excite the very laboratory scientists whom it quotes by providing additional insights into the broader significance of their work. Ground-breaking and ambitious, "An Epidemic of Absence" should also be compulsory reading for all medical students." --Graham A. W. Rook, professor of immunology at UCL (University College London)

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