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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 Hoy Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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