The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

By | December 2, 2019
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Author Siddhartha Mukherjee
ISBN-10 1439170916
ISBN-13 9781439170915
Year 2011-08-09
Pages 608
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent profoundly humane biography of cancerfrom 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 biologists precision a historians perspective and a biographers passion The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived withand perished fromfor 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 Mukherjees own leukemia patient Carla The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to surviveand 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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