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  • Published: 15 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784702212
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $30.00

The Beautiful Cure

Harnessing Your Body’s Natural Defences

A leading expert introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its break-through medical cures and discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health.

'Thrilling... Reads like the best kind of adventure story’ STEPHEN FRY

Our immune system is one of the great marvels of nature – and it holds the key to human health.

Here, Professor Daniel Davis charts the groundbreaking scientific quest to understand how it fights disease and enables the body to heal itself. He explains how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind, and reveals how all of this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary approach to medicine and well-being.

The Beautiful Cure tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, and of lives sacrificed and saved.


‘Wonderful… recounts in exceptionally clear and sympathetic prose how research into the immune system has resulted in a health revolution’ HENRY MARSH

‘Thoroughly absorbing... Davis is a wonderful storyteller’ BILL BRYSON

  • Published: 15 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784702212
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $30.00

About the author

Daniel M Davis

Daniel M. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester. His research, using super-resolution microscopy to study immune cell biology, was listed in Discover magazine as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year. His previous book, The Compatibility Gene, was longlisted for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Science Book Prize, shortlisted for the Society of Biology Book Prize and described by Bill Bryson in the Guardian’s Books of the Year as ‘elegantly written and unexpectedly gripping’. He is also the author of over 120 academic papers, collectively cited over 10,000 times, including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American.

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Praise for The Beautiful Cure

Thrilling ... An eye-opening tour de force of scientific writing that reads like the best kind of adventure story

Stephen Fry

One of the best accounts I have yet come across of the nature of biological science … Daniel Davis’s wonderful book recounts in exceptionally clear and sympathetic prose how research into the immune system has resulted in a health revolution

Henry Marsh, New Statesman

Brilliantly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery

Bill Bryson

Terrific ... Davis relates the extraordinary modern developments in supercharging the body’s own immune system to fight disease, and one day maybe even eliminate cancer

Steven Poole, *****Telegraph

Thrilling … Do not underestimate the importance of immunology. This field relates to you personally

Adam Rutherford, Guardian

An inspirational book that not only reveals the secret joys of scientific discovery but is jam-packed full of revelations for non-scientists

Mail on Sunday

Forget AI, robotics, the internet of things. This is where the future feels strange and exciting: in the 'inner universe' of our immune system, and in the radically new therapies that are using it to conquer disease

Sunday Times

Highly readable, beautifully researched, backed up with notes, references and interviews by Davis himself, whose status as an immunology professor confers added credibility. He believes that we now know enough about the major components and interactions of the immune system to begin manipulating them to cure diseases such as cancer. We stand, he predicts, on the threshold of a medical revolution

New Scientist

A sweeping tour d’horizon … lucid and entertaining … Much as Siddhartha Mukherjee did in his book The Gene, Davis expertly weaves together human stories and scientific endeavour

The Times

New ways to treat cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other age-related diseases … Davis is a sure and engaging guide to these developments


A terrific book by a consummate storyteller and scientific expert


Gives extraordinary new details of an ancient remedy that is already more marvellous, powerful and flexible than any medicine to come out of a lab

Roger Highfield

The human body is the most complicated assemblage of chemicals in the known universe. It's a huge scientific challenge to understand how we metabolise, how we acquire immunity, and how drugs work. Daniel Davis is a distinguished expert in this field – and he's a fine writer too. He portrays vividly how great discoveries emerge – via prolonged effort, via cooperation and competition, and sometime sheer luck. This gripping book gives an authentic flavour of how science is actually done – and why it's important for humanity's future

Martin Rees

This book is an insight into new, remarkable and almost unnoticed advances in immunology and shows how medicine is moving on from the world of the gene to the world of the antibody

Steve Jones

Any reader completely unfamiliar with the workings of the immune system is likely to be dumbstruck with admiration for its intricacy ... Davis's book is full of enlivening little anecdotes

Literary Review

[The Beautiful Cure] offers fresh perspectives on future research strategies

Audrey R. Glynn, Science


Matt Chilton, **Books of the Year**, Daily Telegraph

We all think we know how the immune system works, roughly. This exciting and elegant book on new discoveries shows how wrong we were

50 Best Books of 2018, Daily Telegraph

An excellent book on our immune system. His lucid prose lets the science speak for itself, and it beautifully illuminates one of the most exciting frontiers of modern medicine

Science Focus

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