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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Gripping,
This review is from: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Hardcover)I came to this book expecting to learn something about a disease that has struck my family and affected my life. It revolutionised my understanding of the disease and brought to life the medical saga that has become a modern marvel. The author writes with style and grace. It is a humane book about real human beings who struggle with a wiley, difficult and vicious foe. It artfully illustrates the tragedy, pathos, ruthlessnes, humanity and realism of those who battle with cancer. Ultimately, we are permitted to glimpse the deep mystery and majesty of the disease and our own complex biological form. Fantastic read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfils its mandate completely,
This review is from: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Hardcover)This book is gripping, informative, compassionate and comprehensive. But its not out of reach for lay readers. We see the evolution of our understanding of cancer and how modern science and medicine have allowed us to more fully understand this monster, provide some additional cures and help us to realize just how difficult the road to further cures will be. Cancer touches us all in some way or another, so I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor of all Maladies,
This review is from: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Hardcover)'The Emperor of all Maladies a Biography of Cancer' by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a well put together book. It is organized and well thought out. It starts at the beginning of recorded history of cancer and ends with our present day knowledge of cancer. The book covers how humans have treated cancer from the beginning to the present.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treatment,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very Readable. Bought as gifts for my oncologist, family doc and radiation therapist,
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy read for a complicated topic,
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful history of the pursuit of remedies for cancer,
This review is from: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Hardcover)I never knew how long the medical profession has been trying to solve the cancer puzzle. Also the politics involved to mobilize forces to solve it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Insighful!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting!,
This review is from: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Hardcover)It very interesting to read about the history of Cancer treatment. We are very lucky to live in this age and benefit from those poor soles that went before us.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant,
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Hardcover - Nov. 16 2010)
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