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
a must readUser Review - mroseseattle - Overstock.com
this book was very well written, i loved the well researched history regarding cancer. honestly, i could not put this book down once i started reading it. it is a must read for everybody! Read full review
Review: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerUser Review - Stephanie - Goodreads
A completely gripping history of cancer, called a "biography" to emphasize that cancer is really a version of us, a sort of deranged twin born of normal cells' inherent ability to proliferate, adapt ... Read full review