The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Paperback – Aug 9 2011
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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
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In this book, which I first read a couple of years ago, Siddhartha Mukherjee writes of the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago, of the Persian Queen Atossa (550-475 BCE) who has surgery for a bleeding lump in her breast (as recorded by Herodotus in ‘The Histories’), of primitive radiation and chemotherapy treatments in the nineteenth century, of the new treatments available to patients now.
In addition to discussing treatments (and some of us will remember those who had endured the Halsted radical mastectomy for breast cancer) Dr Mukherjee examines the aetiology and pathology of cancer, and some of those who’ve been involved in the quest for understanding and answers. Our co-existence with cancer over the past five thousand years or so has not been passive: physicians, surgeons and scientists have all sought to understand and hoped to conquer the disease. Dr Mukherjee recounts discoveries and setbacks, deaths and victories. Understanding the journey brings the reader in contact with both the best and worst of humanity: dedicated and obsessive; ingenious and resilient; hubristic and inflexible; arrogant and detached.
‘Cancer, we have discovered, is stitched into our genome.’
Although the topic of cancer is uncomfortable and difficult, Dr Mukherjee has presented a very readable history of the disease and of progress in combatting it.Read more ›
In a sentence, it's the history of cancer and all the attempts to cure/fight/eradicate it, with most emphasis on 20th century breakthroughs. It is therefore also the history of medicine involving not only the medical community but also key protagonists from all walks of life; scientists, politicians, socialites, financiers ' and of course patients. It is also revealing of how western societies tackled major healthcare and public policy issues over the course of the past century ' and how they matured and were humbled in the process. It's futile to add more comments or attempt to analyze the book since I consider it a masterpiece that captivates the reader from beginning to end!
Just read it, you''ll understand!
The book terrified me in some parts; reading how they treated breast cancer, performing mastectomies without anesthetic and how crippled the women would be after the procedure if they survived.
'The Emperor of all Maladies' is a frightening reminder of how little we do know about cancer. One thing I have learned over the years is that knowledge and how we apply our knowledge is always changing. What we believe is true today will most likely be false tomorrow and this applies to the medical field and from reading this book you will see how it applies to cancer.
Cancer is part of our society and as our population ages it well become an even greater part of who we are...with the majority of us living a long life...the majority of us well encounter some form of cancer. What is the best way to beat cancer? More money, it really is that simple...with the money available to the many intelligent individuals out there willing to do research, I truly believe we could have better survival rates and less toxic, less side effect ridden medications. Will we ever beat cancer? I doubt it, but we sure could treat it in a more patient friendly way.
I have always had a love for the field of genetics and this book feeds that passion. The book is informative and interesting and involving...it contains enough science to teach the reader about what is the cause of cancer and how can we treat it. I always love a book that teaches me new things and this one succeeds on many levels.
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I gave this book more than 40 pages. Contrary to all the other reviews here, it's not well written. It's very dry and intensely clinical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by sarah
Anyone interested in the history of science/medicine/surgery/cancer would benefit from reading this book. Read morePublished 14 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 14 months ago by Oliver
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