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THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

The story of cancer, as well as a coming-of-age tale of a renowned oncologist.Cancer physician Mukherjee (Medicine/Columbia Univ.) began this book in 2003 while completing a residency in medicine and graduate work in cancer immunology. He shapes the narrative as a heroic contest between two adversaries—cancer and the brave patients who fight for their lives, despite horrendous nausea from ... Read full review

Review: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and awardwinning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's ... Read full review

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My guess is I'm not the first person to use the term "magisterial" to describe this so-called "biography" of cancer. In fact I would be surprised if many people had not used the term in their ... Read full review

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An interesting read
Good for chemo days! Interesting stuff I had not known of before. A bit dry at parts, but overall fun to read.

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Superb. Flatly, simply, superb. The amount of time, research and information this book covers is amazing. Mukherjee did an astonishing job delving into the history, biology, treatment and future of cancer. In addition to being clearly and simply written, the book conveys an astonishing amount of insight into the origins and lifecycle of cancer, a true biography. Any layperson will learn a tremendous amount about cancer by reading this book, and I would venture that any doctor will encounter some surprising insights about its history as well. A must-read, I wish I could give it six stars out of five. 

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An incredibly informative history presented in a way that makes it compelling as well. An absolute pleasure to read - I wish Mr. Mukherjee was also a cardiologist, because I'd love a sequel!

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Truly awesome. A must read for anyone remotely curious about one of humanity's great fears.

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While one might think that this book is "dry" and written like a textbook, this couldn't be further from the truth. The author captures you from the first pages as he describes his experience with patients as an oncology fellow. He masterfully incorporates historical concepts of cancer research and drug development with contemporary patient stories. This is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Highly recommended to anyone that has an interest in oncology! 

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