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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,500 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189175
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Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a novelist’s richness of detail, a historian’s range, and a biographer’s passion.

The story of cancer is one of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” It’s a story of science and scientists, of centuries of discoveries, of setbacks and victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of Mukherjee’s predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, who instructed her Greek slave to cut off her malignant breast, to the radical surgeries of the nineteenth century, to the first recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy, to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is a story of people—and their families—who soldier through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge.

Riveting and magisterial, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 2/17/2014

    " There is so much information in this book. The author did a great job of putting the history of cancer and cancer treatments in a timeline. I had little to no interest in cancer prior to reading this book, but now I know more from the beginning of discovering cancer to more modern treatments. Another unique topic that the author touches upon is the social impact of cancer and how it has affected society through history. This is a great book for anyone that's in the medical field, especially with an interest in oncology (obviously). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Gall | 2/7/2014

    " I found this a fascinating read. Not morbid, just a detailed account of cancer and its treatment through the ages, bringing it completely up to date with quite detailed accounts of current genetic and immunological research, and possible future treatment options. I'm unsure if it leaves one with hope, as in hope in defeating the full range of cancers, more likely an acceptance and an understanding of why it is such a difficult disease to control and treat. Well worth a read, but some parts may be challenging without some scientific/medical knowledge/background. Overall, very highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kam Wa Tang | 2/7/2014

    " Awesome book. It's not often that you read a book written by an author who not only writes well and captivates the reader, but is also a through historian and scientist. One of my favorite non-fiction books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/11/2014

    " I tried so hard to finish this book but I just couldn't! If you enjoy reading about cancer research, genetics and fundraising, then this may be the book for you. The 1st hundred or so pages were riveting, the rest very dry. I would give the writing 5 stars, and it certainly is a thorough account of the history of cancer. But as for readability, it gets a 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/3/2014

    " Just finished this AMAZING book, a history of cancer from ancient times to the present. The author does a fantastic job of pacing the story, much like a Hollywood thriller, while respecting its scientific complexity. Many books about science and medicine that are directed at the general public can be overly simplified, but this guy doesn't pull any punches. The hard-core science is presented with the degree of difficulty it deserves. He also does a great job of describing the slow grind of scientific progress over time, with brilliant men and women laboring for years to make small increments of progress, and often sadly not having their discoveries recognized until years after they are made. Certain historical aspects of the cancer story really stand out, particularly the surgical evolution of the radical mastectomy over the 19th-20th centuries (horrifying, ego-driven), as well as the story of childhood leukemia treatment in the 1950s and the launch of modern chemotherapy practice. A highly recommended book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darin Weed | 12/26/2013

    " Amazing book. If you are even slightly interested in cancer this book is amazing. As a doctoral candidate in cell biology I felt it was very in depth. While also being very readable for someone without a science background. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remy Kothe | 11/21/2013

    " I am glad I read this book but it took me FOREVER. Initially, this was not the case a for me a little more editing would have been good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abdul Muhith | 9/23/2013

    " i still dont understand how a non medical reader could go beyond chapter 1. its like stephen hawkings- a brief history of time which every body has but nobody completes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 7/25/2013

    " This was really good, dense with the science in a few places, but Mukherjee does a good job of making a complex subject approachable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalina | 11/12/2012

    " I recommend this book to everyone; I learned so much from reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kb | 9/18/2012

    " An excellent microhistory of cancer. Made the science understandable to a lay person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 6/12/2012

    " I thought this was well written. It is interesting to a certain extent but I did not find it interesting enought to finish it. It is long. I think more details and less breadth might have made it better for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Duncan | 5/31/2012

    " Great history of cancer, the scientific work that has gone into its understanding and treatments. My highest recommendation "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara McClintic | 5/17/2012

    " Perfect sleep aid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 5/4/2012

    " Serious and fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pilla | 9/10/2011

    " Excellent book about fighting cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Weller | 9/2/2011

    " Mukherjee has written a sweeping history of cancer that takes the reader from treatments described by Herodotus to the rapidly changing targeted treatments of today. This book is at once personal and professional -- the author is an oncologist and a cancer researcher. A readable tour de force. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annina | 5/22/2011

    " Very well written; accurate without sacrificing narrative or understanding on the part of the reader. If you get the chance to see him in person, I would highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoebejones4 | 5/19/2011

    " Seems to be living up to the good reviews. SUPER dense but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 5/18/2011

    " history of cancer from before Christ to present day. Makes one doubt the science of today's medicine. Really enjoyed the National Enquirer bios of past generations of physicians that were only names, like Halstead. Best read by someone with a medical background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 5/15/2011

    " Too detailed and long for someone looking for a cursory glance at the history of cancer. To someone else this could be a plus, it's my own personal grievance, where I don't care enough about the subject material to warrant reading such an expansive book. I had a hard time finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 5/14/2011

    " Excellent book. Well written, thoroughly researched, and comprehensive. Not a particularly uplifting message, but one can't really expect one from a book about cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 5/11/2011

    " You'd think a biography of CANCER would be a bummer - but that is not the case with book. Exceedingly well-researched, narrative non-fiction is rare. This book hits the marks for readability, veracity, and authority. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 5/10/2011

    " An interesting "biography" of cancer. Gets a little technical at times but is an interesting read. "

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