The Secret Body

The Secret Body

How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live


'A big-picture forecast of how medicine stands on the threshold of a revolution that will radically change all of our lives' The Times

Welcome to a revolution in the science of you. This landmark new book from award-winning scientist Daniel M. Davis explores the future of the human body.

Imagine taking drugs to help you acquire new skills, or knowing years in advance the precise likelihood of developing specific cancers, or following a diet and health regime tailored to your microbiome, or even having continuous monitoring of your body's workings and well-being.

Written by an award-winning scientist, this landmark book shows how these radical and disconcerting possibilities have been made real. It is at once a gripping drama of scientific ingenuity, discovery and collaboration, and a vision of the human body of dizzying complexity and wonder.

'With this stunning book Daniel M. Davis joins the pantheon of truly great science communicators. Everyone who has a body will love it' CHRIS VAN TULLEKEN, author of Ultra-Processed People

'The startling new discoveries...are radically altering our understanding of how we function and what our future holds' BRIAN COX

'Thrilling' BILL BRYSON
'Brilliant' TIM SPECTOR
'Extraordinary' ALICE ROBERTS


  • A brilliant deep-dive into the latest discoveries of human health. An inspiration!
    Tim Spector, No.1 bestselling author of Spoon-Fed

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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