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review 2020-01-18 06:36
One of my students suggested I read this, and I’m glad he did
The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee

There are so many things in this history/biography of cancer that made me hopeful but also many that infuriated me, such as how so many women were mutilated because doctors didn’t want to believe what the research showed about radical mastectomies. Anyway, after I finished the book, I watched the Ken Burns special because this is all so fascinating, and even though I don’t have a medical background, I could still understand what I read because the information is presented so well. An excellent, infuriating, informative, and unforgettable book, for sure. 

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review 2019-11-11 11:32
The Gene
The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Genome is a wonderful thing, and whether you - like me - spend daily time wondering/working on it or not, it is always there and could not be more intimate as it is in all your cells. I previously read, The Emperor al all Maladies, and really liked it, so obviously, I was even more looking forward to reading The Gene.

Without going in too much detail (you should read the book yourself), I really liked it and the anecdotal way the story is told made there was still something to learn, despite my biomedical training. I would like to end with an anecdote from myself. I once went to an X-men movie (don't remember exactly which one), and they acknowledged Mukherjee for generating interest into the topic.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2019-08-31 04:10
I Tried
The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee

My Book Club decided this would be our next book. I just got it on audiobook today. I made it about 10 minutes in before having to call it quits. The writing is awesome. I just can't handle anything discussing medicine and illnesses. Just listening to descriptions of a woman's leukemia symptoms practically gave me a panic attack. 

 

I can read books about serial killers and horrible murders all day long. Can't handle cancer though. 

 

It really is a bummer. It seemed like it would be a good read. 

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text 2019-07-20 12:54
History croudsourced
A Guide to Early Irish Law - Fergus Kelly
The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee
A Chorographical Description of West or H-Iar Connaught; Written A.D. 1684 - Roderic O'Flaherty

Please please, pretty please with sugar on top.  If you're going to write anything about pre-Tudor Ireland, or even pre-19th Century Ireland read A Guide to Early Irish Law by Fergus Kelly

 

Heck, even today there are cultural echoes of this stuff in Ireland.  If I read another medieval or earlier book based in Ireland where they assume common law (and Primogeniture) it will be yet another book too many.

 

(as an aside to this, read some Irish Saints Lives, then tell me Ireland was isolated during the pre-conquest period, I read a book about Galway once where it revealed that there was imports of Olive Oil in the medieval period into Galway)

 

If you want to look at how Cancer existed and about strange ways it was treated read Emperor of All Maladies.

 

 

A chorographical description of the West or Iar-Connaught by Roderick O'Flaherty (in 1648) is an invaluable text for describing life and customs in Ireland during the period.  There are several public domain copies circulating of this.

 

 

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text 2019-07-02 03:21
Finished!
The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee

I prefer the author's Emperor of All Maladies to this one - that book's organization was better, I think - but it was still an interesting and informative listen. Audio wasn't the best way to go for actually retaining much of it, but considering my track record with nonfiction, I doubt I'd have finished a paper copy.

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