The Beautiful Cure

The Beautiful Cure

The New Science of Human Health


Understand how our immune system fights disease and enables the body to heal itself.

'Thrilling... Reads like the best kind of adventure story' STEPHEN FRY
'Excellent' TIM SPECTOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of Spoon-Fed

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


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

About the author

Daniel M Davis

Daniel M. Davis is Head of Life Sciences and Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London. His previous books include The Beautiful Cure: The New Science of Human Health, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2018, and The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live, which was described variously as 'an inspiration' by Tim Spector, 'beautifully rendered' by Brian Cox and 'masterful' by Alice Roberts. Davis's 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. He has published over 150 academic research papers, including articles in Nature, Science, New Scientist and Scientific American.
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