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Allergic by Theresa MacPhail
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May 30, 2023 | ISBN 9780593229194

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“An important and deeply researched book by Theresa MacPhail, a medical anthropologist who memorably portrays the human face of disease . . . In Ms. MacPhail’s analysis, allergy is not only the evil twin of immunity, but also the unexpected dark side of material progress, which has made us unhealthy in ways that we struggle in vain to cure. The author doesn’t have an easy fix for the allergy crisis, but her compassionate insights into the problem make for engrossing reading.”The Wall Street Journal

Allergic is the definitive biography of allergies. This accessible, comprehensive, and troubling portrait should be read by those who suffer from allergies and those who care about them, which, as MacPhail so carefully documents, includes almost all of us.”—Michael Moss, bestselling author of Salt Sugar Fat and Hooked

“A fascinating account that most of us (sniffle sniffle) will find of compelling interest—and also a powerful reminder that what we do to the world around us eventually affects the world inside us.”—Bill McKibben, author, educator, and founder of Third Act

Allergic is just the sort of thoughtful, comprehensible, and comprehensive book we urgently need to understand how rapidly changing modern environments are interacting with our ancient immune systems to cause a frightening explosion in allergies.”—Daniel Lieberman, author of The Story of the Human Body and Exercised

“In this astute, empathetic, and wonderfully informative investigation, Theresa MacPhail makes a persuasive case that cooperation—with one another and with our internal ecosystems—is the key to allergy relief.”—Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts

“Comprehensively researched, deftly told, and radiating both intellect and passion, Allergic is essential reading for anyone interested in our bodies and our world. I am grateful to have this book to share with my allergy patients.”—Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University

“A holistic study of how allergies continue to bewilder medical science . . . While the culprits responsible for the increases in allergic sufferers are debatable moving targets, MacPhail skillfully narrows down the possibilities and some of the solutions. . . . [Her] examination of the science of immunology from a social and cultural perspective will give readers plenty of relevant, thought-provoking information. An exhaustive and accessible report.”Kirkus Reviews

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