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The Angel and the Assassin - by Donna Jackson Nakazawa (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Science

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Book theme: Biology

Author: Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Language: English

Street Date: January 21, 2020
TCIN: 76604800
UPC: 9781524799175
Item Number (DPCI): 248-76-9431


"The Angel and the Assassin is a fascinating deep dive into unsung heroes (and villains) inside our skulls: microglia, immune cells in the brain implicated in everything from depression to Alzheimer's disease to psychosis. This fast-paced investigation presents readers with a behind-the-curtain look at science's quest to unlock the mysteries of these tiny molecules--with huge ramifications for our understanding of brain health and illness. Donna Jackson Nakazawa has a journalist's eye for a story, a scholar's understanding of the research, and a patient's appreciation for how high the stakes truly are." --Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire

"In a stunning show of precision and heart, Jackson Nakazawa offers a captivating, page-turning story of scientific discoveries that overturn centuries of medical dogma and fundamentally reshape psychiatry, medicine, and the treatment of mental and physical illnesses. The Angel and the Assassin offers extraordinary promise and heralds hope in a time of skyrocketing rates of 'microglial' diseases--including depression, anxiety, Alzheimer's, and addiction. It is paradigm-shifting reading for us all!"--Christina Bethell, PhD, MPH, director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and professor at Johns Hopkins University

"The Angel and the Assassin is the rarest of books: a combination of page-turning discovery and remarkably readable science journalism. It's a book both to savor and to share."--Mark Hyman, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

"I can think of no topic more fascinating or exciting than microglia, the long-misunderstood brain cells whose power over brain health may hold the promise of cure for so many. The Angel and the Assassin is riveting, engaging, and visionary."--Terry Wahls, M.D., author of The Wahls Protocol

"Engagingly explained and exciting . . . Jackson Nakazawa puts forth a revolutionary new way of thinking about the brain's immune system and its interactions with immune function in the rest of the body. She calls this the 'microglial universal theory of disease, ' and the research and emerging treatments based on it have the potential to prevent and relieve depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer's disease, as well as diverse autoimmune disorders. Much of the information here was new to me and has made me more optimistic about the future of medicine."--Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health and Healthy Aging

"Understanding the capacity of microglia to both heal and harm the brain is one of the most exciting scientific discoveries in recent memory. Donna Jackson Nakazawa brings this heady story to colorful, page-turning, and accessible life. I have great hopes for the practical application of what she reveals."--Amy Myers, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution

"Few nonfiction writers can tell the tale of scientific inquiry so vividly that the reader can feel the excitement of discovery with every word. Donna Jackson Nakazawa is one of those writers, and this book tells the tale of one of the most intriguing and groundbreaking discoveries in all of medicine. The tiny brain cell that forms the center of her story will one day affect all of our lives and the lives of our families, and will transform the way mental illness and the ravages of aging are treated."--Shannon Brownlee, senior vice president, Lown Institute and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer

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