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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: "In 2010, about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million humans around the world, will die of cancer." With this sobering statistic, physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee begins his comprehensive and eloquent "biography" of one of the most virulent diseases of our time. An exhaustive account of cancer's origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments--multi-pronged chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care--came into existence thanks to a century's worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. While The Emperor of All Maladies is rich with the science and history behind the fight against cancer, it is also a meditation on illness, medical ethics, and the complex, intertwining lives of doctors and patients. Mukherjee's profound compassion--for cancer patients, their families, as well as the oncologists who, all too often, can offer little hope--makes this book a very human history of an elusive and complicated disease. --Lynette Mong --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“This volume should earn Mukherjee a rightful place alongside Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Stephen Hawking in the pantheon of our epoch's great explicators.”—Boston GlobeSee all Product Description
Quite a lot of the early British research was left out.
Being an advanced stage cancer patient myself who is presently responding well to treatment, I am quite pleased with the information this book provided me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Robichaud
An engaging history of the treatment of cancer. I devoured it in three days. Hope he's working on the 2016 edition!Published 2 months ago by Alaina Hardie
Great book for anyone who is interested in cancer and doesn't have the biology background. Very interesting read and the book even arrived before expected datePublished 3 months ago by sarah
Anyone interested in the history of science/medicine/surgery/cancer would benefit from reading this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Motyka
Much better read than I expected although I find my understanding of gene sorely lacking in comprehending the last part of the book.Published 12 months ago by Oliver