The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of all of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer ebook




The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer ebook Emperor of all Maladies is a magnificent, deeply humane “biography” of cancer from its first documented appearances for thousands of years ago by the epic battles of the twentieth century to heal, control and conquer it in a radical new understanding of its essence. Doctors, researchers, and award-winning science writer examines Siddhartha Mukherjee cancer with a cellular biologist precision, a historian’s perspective, and a cinema passion. The result is a surprisingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of an illness that people have lived with and died from, more than five thousand years. The history of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, perseverance and endurance, but also the hubris, paternalism and misconceptions. Mukherjee says centuries of discovery, setbacks, victories and death, told through the eyes of his predecessors and colleagues, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful opponents to just three decades ago, was considered to be easily defeated in an all out “war against cancer.” The book looks like a literary thriller with cancer as the main character. From the Persian queen Atossa, whose Greek slave interrupted her malignant breast, the nineteenth recipient of the primitive radiation and chemotherapy Mukherjee own leukemia patient, Carla, Emperor of all Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through hard demanding treatments in order to survive and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgency, and surprisingly, Emperor of all Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatment. It is a brilliant book that gives hope and clarity for those who seek to demystify cancer Amazon Best Books of the month, November 2010 . “In 2010, about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million people worldwide will die of cancer.” With these sobering statistics, doctors and researchers Siddhartha Mukherjee begins his comprehensive and eloquent “biography” of one of the most virulent diseases of our time. A full discussion of the cancer’s origin, Emperor of all Maladies shows how modern treatments – on several fronts, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and preventive care – came about thanks to a century’s worth of research, attempts, and small, important breakthroughs worldwide. While Emperor of all Maladies is rich with science and history behind the fight against cancer, it is also a meditation on illness, medical ethics, and the complex, intertwined lives of doctors and patients. Mukherjee deep compassion – for cancer patients and their families, and the oncologists who, too often, may offer some hope – make this book a very human story of an elusive and complex disease. – Lynette Mong


Emperor of all of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Ebook


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