The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Fourth Estate, 2011 - Antineoplastic Agents / history / United States - 571 pages
"In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out 'war against cancer'. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the eyes of predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteeth-century recipient of primitive radiation and chemotherapy and Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimes to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge. Riveting and magesterial, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and a brilliant new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia." -- Book Jacket.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
READ IN DUTCH I had been willing to read The Emperor of All Maladies for quite some time, but never got to it before. At University I follow classes from Biomedical Sciences, so I found it really interesting to read about this. The book is not only about cancer, but mostly about all the different ways scientists en doctors have tried to defeat cancer. Many ways to so have (unfortunately) failed, but it also shows that through more and more research we are coming closer to a better solution. Personally I liked to see so many things I've heard in college be mentioned in this book.
Review: The Emperor of All MaladiesUser Review - Sana Mazahir - Goodreads
Having persistently challenged the medical community for centuries, cancer has proved to be the most recalcitrant and most versatile of all villains claiming the lives of humankind. Understanding the ... Read full review
One in Three: A Son's Journey Into the History and Science of Cancer
Limited preview - 2007
L'Empereur de toutes les maladies: Une biographie du cancer
No preview available - 2013