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“It’s time to welcome a new star in the constellation of great writer-doctors. With this fat, enthralling, juicy, scholarly, wonderfully written history of cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee vaults into that exalted company, inviting comparisons to ... Lewis Thomas and ... Stephen Jay Gould.”Washington Post "It’s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion. The Emperor of All Maladies is an extraordinary achievement.”—The New Yorker “A compulsively readable, surprisingly uplifting and vivid tale.”—O, the Oprah Magazine "With this riveting and moving book, Siddhartha Mukherjee joins the first rank of those rare doctor-authors who can wield a pen as gracefully as a scalpel: Jerome Groopman, Atul Gawande, Richard Selzer. A magisterial, wise, and deeply human piece of writing."--Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost and Bury the Chains “An elegant … tour de force. The Emperor of All Maladies reads like a novel … but it deals with real people and real successes, as well as with the many false notions and false leads. Not only will the book bring cancer research and cancer biology to the lay public, it will help attract young researchers to a field that is at once exciting and heart wrenching ... and important.”-- Donald Berry, Ph.D., Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas “Sid Mukherjee’s book is a pleasure to read, if that is the right word. Cancer today is widely regarded as the worst of all the diseases from which one might suffer — if only because it is fast becoming the most common. Dr. Mukherjee explains how this perception came about, how cancer has been regarded across the years and what is now being done to treat its protean forms. His book is the clearest account I have read on this subject. With The Emperor of All Maladies, he joins that small fraternity of practicing doctors who can not just talk about their profession but write about it.”--Tony Judt, author of Postwar and Ill Fares the Land “Siddhartha Mukherjee has done something that should not have been possible: he has managed, at once, to write an authoritative history of cancer for the general reader, while always keeping the experiences of cancer patients in his heart and in his narrative. At once learned and skeptical, unsentimental and humane, The Emperor of all Maladies is that rarest of things--a noble book.”--David Rieff, author of Swimming in a Sea of DeathThe Emperor of All Maladies beautifully describes the nature of cancer from a patient’s perspective and how basic research has opened the door to understanding this disease.” --Bert Vogelstein, Director, Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins University “A labor of love … as comprehensive as possible.”--George Canellos, M.D., William Rosenberg Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School “Rarely have the science and poetry of illness been so elegantly braided together as they are in this erudite, engrossing, kind book. Mukherjee's clinical wisdom never erases the personal tragedies which are its occasion; indeed, he locates with meticulous clarity and profound compassion the beautiful hope buried in cancer's ravages.”--Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon

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cristian.boanca1, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by cristian.boanca1)
The Emperor of All Maladies does an extraordinary job portraying the fickle balance between the horrors of unchecked cell growth and the great promise of modern medicine in its treatment.
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court54, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by court54)
Everyone has had their lives touched by cancer in someway. Whether it's a family member, friend, or friend of a friend, we all have known someone who has battled and won or lost that battle to cancer. This book is an epic overview of the history of research and treatment development of all different types of cancer. While it does get a little technical for those with no previous healthcare experience, the stories and accounts still reach to a personal level. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing how the fight against this disease we have all encountered was begun, developed, and continuing.
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vixcats, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by vixcats)
Fascinating history of the development of treatments for cancer. Extremely well written; even those not in the medical field should find it interesting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439170915
Author:
Mukherjee, Siddhartha
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Subject:
cancer, pulitzer prize, chemotherapy, radiation, science, rhode scholar, stanford, oxford, harvard, cancer cure, cancer survivors, cancer treatments, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cellular science, columbia university, children s leukemia, bio
Subject:
cancer, pulitzer prize, chemotherapy, radiation, science, rhode scholar, stanford, oxford, harvard, cancer cure, cancer survivors, cancer treatments, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cellular science, columbia university, children s leukemia, bio
Subject:
cancer, pulitzer prize, chemotherapy, radiation, science, rhode scholar, stanford, oxford, harvard, cancer cure, cancer survivors, cancer treatments, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cellular science, columbia university, children s leukemia, bio
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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