The Emperor of All Maladie: A Biography of Cancer

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Overview: The Emperor of All Maladie

A magnificent, beautifully written biography of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles to cure, control and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.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.

Features: The Emperor of All Maladie

  • Biography and Autobiography
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date November 25, 2010
Publisher Fourth Estate
Contributor(s) Siddhartha Mukherjee
Binding Paperback
Edition 2011
Page Count 592
ISBN 10 0007428057
ISBN 13 9780007428052
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 2.7 grams
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  1.  Glorious story of the ongoing courageous fight against the Monster 11 April, 2013 On Junglee.com
    A dark depressing topic made available to the uninitiated in a way that it is both easy to absorb and decipher - this is a chronicle of how cancer and more importantly cancer treatment has evolved. It is a fine tribute to man's unending pursuit of this two millenium old challenge posed to science and medicine in all forms. The reading of this book is also a fine lesson in humility in terms of how staying ahead of the monster requires quantum steps that have always been so near yet so far. The reasoning on why cancer is so different for any other form of ailment that has ever surfaced is plain and lucidly explained right at the start and what must be commended here is the author's perseverance even as he browses centuries of cancer chronicles dissecting every effort, placing it on record for both its merit and where it fell short and how every step is taking us closer to answering this one nagging question that medical science has been faced with. This book also takes your regard for oncologists a couple of notches higher when you discover their incessant fight with the unavoidable. We need more such works on cancer as we near the solution.
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  2.  Cancer- Simplified and explained 1 March, 2012 On Junglee.com
    The Emperor of Maladies analyses Cancer s roots precisely and provides valuable insights into this 5000 year old malaise. Its more a story of the humans who have lived through and fought the disease than cancer itself.
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  3.  Brilliant write up! 31 December, 2014 On Junglee.com
    U cant miss this one. Grow up and read something that will be valuable all ur life. U would be reading about a disease which is THE BIGGEST threat to humanity!
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