Divergent Thinking About Self-Defense

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Science  13 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5528, pp. 219-220
DOI: 10.1126/science.1055066

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Tending Adam's Garden Evolving the Cognitive Immune Self. Irun R. Cohen. Academic Press, San Diego, 2000. 286 pp. $49.95, £32.95. ISBN 0-12-178355-3.

The War Within Us Everyman's Guide to Infection and Immunity. by Cedric Mims. Academic Press, San Diego, 2000. 288 pp. $39.95, $25.95. ISBN 0-12-498251-4.

These two books offer lay audiences two very different perspectives on the immune system. Cohen's holistic concepts on how the system functions are far from the views of most researchers in the field; Mims's account of how the body responds to microbial invaders falls much closer to the mainstream.