An Elegant Defense by Matt Richtel Book Review

An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

Intricately crafted and deeply informative, “An Elegant Defense” by Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Best-Selling Author Matt Richtel, is a must-read.

Bacteria and viruses have been regarded as villains throughout history. Among these so-called villains are E.coli, salmonella, HIV, and Ebola. These deadly bacteria and viruses have claimed the lives of millions of people.

But in his book “An Elegant Defense,” Matt Richtel talks about bacteria and viruses and how some of these “villains” are actually crucial for our survival. According to him, only a mere 1% is likely to cause illness.

The miraculous recovery of his dear friend from cancer with the help of a drug that utilizes the powers of the immune system has inspired Matt Richtel to write about our built-in defense system, the immune system.

In “An Elegant Defense,” you will come to learn what viruses are crucial to survival, what T-cells and B-cells are, and how they fight off intruders to the human body.

Matt Richtel delves into the immune system. He describes the immune system as an “elegant defense” against these deadly diseases which is where he got the title of his book from.

“If the immune system is not aggressive enough, it leaves us vulnerable to malignant pathogens. If it’s too aggressive, it can kill us.”

He touches on the history of the discovery of immunology and how, with the help of a starfish larvae, a white-blooded dog, and a chicken’s purse has given rise to immunology.

Matt Richtel explains scientific terminologies and the processes very simply that after reading “An Elegant Defense,” you’ll come to know your body more and will make you feel like an expert in immunology.

A must-read for those seeking to understand their own bodies and the wonders that happen within, for those who are curious about the history of the discovery of immunology, and for people who are interested in immunology but don’t want to read those boring scientific books.

Overall, “An Elegant Defense” by Matt Richtel is an enjoyable and informative, and a sad yet hopeful read.

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24-Hour Reading Marathon Update

Today’s first read of the #readathon is, “The Land of Stories Beyond the Kingdoms” by “Chris Colfer.” 📚 💕

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The adventures aren’t over; they’ll just be different.

The Land of Stories Beyond the Kingdoms Synopsis 📖 💡

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him. The Bailey twins discover the Masked Mans secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest vilains!

So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?

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24-HOUR READING MARATHON

24-HOUR READING MARATHON

WHAT: Reading Marathon #readathon

WHEN: March 29, 2020 (Sun)

WHERE: Instagram @flexireads

WHO: Everyone is welcome to join

HOW: Post a picture of the books you’ll be reading during the event, and tag @flexireads with the hashtags #readathon #24hourreadathon and #flexireadathon

The goal of this reading marathon is to read as many books as you can for the whole day in order to shave off those ever-growing mountain of “to-be-read” books piling up in the bookshelf. 📚

24 HOURS doesn’t literally mean you’ll be reading the whole 24 hours; no sleeping and no eating. What it means is that the main activity of your day (Sunday) will be reading books.

Got books collecting dust in the bookshelf or a book you’ve been putting off reading? Join us on #readathon on Instagram!

How is everyone coping with COVID-19?

Stay indoors, stay safe!

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Canceled と Cancelled どれが正しい?

Canceled と Cancelled どれが正しい?

キャンセル 「cancel」の過去形の正しい綴りは知っていますか?

Canceled か cancelled.

よく見られるのは “L” 一つの cancel だと思いますが実は両方とも使われています。

これはどういうことでしょうか?

Canceled はアメリカ英語で、

Cancelled はイギリス英語です。

正解は「どちらも正しい」ですが、地域によって使われている綴りが異なってきますので注意すべき点です。

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How to Fill Out a Medical Form in Japan

How to Fill Out a Medical Form in Japan

Filling out documents in a language you are not familiar with is stressful. Especially filling out a medical form when you’re in dire need of medical attention.

Whether you got sick or hurt yourself while traveling to Japan, or you have just started living in Japan and know little Japanese, this guide will help you in filling out a medical form in Japan.

In this article, you will come to know how to fill out a medical form and be able to understand Japanese medical terms.

When you arrive at the hospital or clinic, you will be handed a medical form consisting of questions regarding your condition.

問診票 (Monshin hyou) or “Medical Questionnaire” is a medical form that you need to fill out including your basic information, symptoms you‘re having, and medical history.

The following is an example of a typical Medical Form in Japan.

If you can’t read Japanese characters, don’t fret. The following is a handy list of vocabularies in Japanese with their corresponding English translation.

VOCABULARY

Basic Information Vocabulary

Japanese

English

問診票

Medical Form

氏名

Name

Male

Female

生年月日

Date of Birth

大正

Taisho (1912-1926)

昭和

Showa(1926-1989)

平成

Heisei (1989-2019)

Year

Month

Day

Age

体重

Weight

身長

Height

住所

Address

電話

Phone number

自宅

Telephone number

携帯

Cellphone number

If you’re not familiar with Taisho, Showa, and Heisei, these are eras in Japan. If you were born between July 30, 1912 and Dec 25, 1926, then you need to encircle the word Taisho.

Those who were born between December 25, 1926 and January 7, 1989, will have to encircle the word Showa.

And for those born between January 8, 1989 and April 30, 2019, the word Heisei should be encircled.

Symptoms Vocabulary

Japanese

English

体温

Body temperature

かぜ症状

Common colds symptoms

熱がある

Fever

のどが痛い

Throat pain

鼻水/鼻づまり

Runny nose / nasal congestion

咳/痰

Cough / phlegm

頭痛

Headache

関節が痛い

Joints (knee, elbow, etc.) hurting

頭•目

Head, eyes

めまい

Dizziness

目のかすみ

Bleary-eyed

Others (please specify)

胸•からだ

Chest, body

胸痛

Chest pain

息切れ

Shortness of breath

胸の圧迫感

Feeling of pressure in chest

むくみ

Swelling

お腹

Stomach

腹痛

Stomach ache

下痢

Diarrhea

吐き気

Nausea

食欲がない

Loss of appetite

便秘

Constipation

血便

Blood stool

痛み•しびれ

Pain, numbness

Neck

Hand

Shoulder

Arm

背中

Back (of body)

Hips

おしり

Buttocks

Knees

Feet

慢性的な疾患

Chronic Illness

高血圧

Hypertension

糖尿病

Diabetes

脂質代謝異常

Lipid metabolism disorder

呼吸器

Respiratory organs

かゆみ

Itch

湿疹/かぶれ

Eczema / rash

やけど

Burns

虫刺され

Insect bites

その他

Others

Encircle the corresponding symptoms and body parts that are aching.

Medical History Vocabulary

Japanese

English

ある

Have

ない

Don’t have

はい

Yes

いいえ

No

外来

Outpatient

入院

Inpatient

病院名

Name of hospital

Medicine

アレルギー

Allergy

病気

Illness

がん

Cancer

脳卒中

Stroke

高血圧

Hypertension

糖尿病

Diabetes

高脂血症

Hyperlipidemia

心臓病

Heart Disease

腎臓病

Kidney Disease

肝臓病

Liver Disease

胃腸の病気

Gastrointestinal Disorders

肺や気管支の病気

Lung and Bronchial Disease

眼の病気

Eye Disease

足腰の病気

Legs and Joints Disease

その他

Etc.

手術

Surgery

輸血

Blood Transfusion

Alcoholic Beverage

妊娠

Pregnant

授乳

Breast-feeding

診察

Medical Examination

治療

Medical Treatment

If you have a history or have experienced in the past any of the diseases mentioned, draw a circle around the corresponding word.

And that’s pretty much it. All you have to do next is to submit your medical form and get checked. Get well soon. Take care.

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