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The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee, Stephen Hoye
The Emperor of All Maladies
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Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us.... show more
Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion. The story of cancer is one of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." It's a story of science and scientists, of centuries of discoveries, of setbacks and victories and deaths, told through the eyes of Mukherjee's predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary.From the Persian Queen Atossa, who instructed her Greek slave to cut off her malignant breast, to the radical surgeries of the 19th century, to the first recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy, to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is a story of people---and their families---who soldier through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge.Riveting and magisterial, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.©2010 Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. ; (P)2010 Tantor
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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B004CJR4L8
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Minutes: 1249
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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