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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer - Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
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The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician,... show more
The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781439170915 (1439170916)
ASIN: 1439170916
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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Her Fine Eyes
Her Fine Eyes rated it
0.0 The Emperor of All Maladies
I've delayed writing a review of The Emperor of All Maladies because the scope of the book is so sweeping I knew that I couldn't do it justice. So I'll just jot a few notes here. I believe all oncologists and cancer surgeons should read this book, to understand their place in the history of discov...
Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
4.5 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, read by Stephen Hoye
I can only stand cancer in fiction to a very limited degree. Too many childhood memories of my grandmother on my mom’s side and the lung cancer and treatments that eventually killed her. However, nonfiction books about diseases interest me, and I figured that nonfiction might have more distance and ...
Kim Reads Books About Things
Kim Reads Books About Things rated it
0.0 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Not rating/reviewing because I didn't finish it.A tragic diagnosis for a family member about a month ago has ensured that I won't be coming back to this for a long, long time, but I recommend it for other people nonetheless. Be warned: it's harrowing, and not what I'd call comforting in the slightes...
alienintheheights
alienintheheights rated it
Absolutely brilliant.
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
5.0 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
This “biography of cancer” starts with the first documented cases of cancer, continues through initial attempts at cures, and finishes with descriptions of the most recent discoveries. Intertwined with the historical narrative are the stories of the author’s patients, giving us just a glimpse of wha...
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