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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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Author: Mukherjee, Siddhartha

Brand: Scribner

Edition: Reprint


  • Scribner Book Company

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 608

Release Date: 09-08-2011

Part Number: 33185087

Details: Product Description Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, this New York Times bestseller is “an extraordinary achievement” (The New Yorker)—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 award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee 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, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer. Review “Mukherjee brings an impressive balance of empathy and dispassion to this instantly essential piece of medical journalism.” —Time “A meticulously researched, panoramic history . . . What makes Mukherjee’s narrative so remarkable is that he imbues decades of painstaking laboratory investigation with the suspense of a mystery novel and urgency of a thriller. . . . He possesses a striking gift for carving some of science’s most abstruse concepts into forms as easily understood and reconfigured as a child’s wooden blocks.” —The Boston Globe “Riveting and powerful . . . Mukherjee’s extraordinary book might stimulate a wider discussion of how to wisely allocate our precious health care resources.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Remarkable . . . The reader devours this fascinating book . . . Mukherjee is a clear and determined writer. . . . An unusually humble, insightful book.” —Los Angeles Times “Extraordinary . . . So often physician writers attempt the delicacy of using their patients as a mirror to their own humanity. Mukherjee does the opposite. His book is not built to show us the good doctor struggling with tough decisions, but ourselves.” —John Freeman, NPR “Now and then a writer comes along who helps us fathom both the intricacies of a scientific specialty and its human meaning. Lewis Thomas, Sherwin Nuland, and Oliver Sacks come to mind. Add to their company Siddhartha Mukherjee.” —Elle “Rich and engrossing . . . With the perceptiveness and patience of a true scientist, [Mukherjee] begins to weave these individual threads into a coherent and engrossing narrative.” —The Economist “A brilliant, riveting history of the disease . . . Threaded throughout, and propelling the narrative forward, are the affecting tales of Mukherjee’s own patients.” —Entertainment Weekly “Ambitious . . . Mukherjee has a storyteller’s flair and a gift for translating complex medical concepts into simple language.” —The Wall Street Journal “Cancer has never been as fully explored as in Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s fascinating and moving history.” —The Daily Beast “With epic scope and passionate pen, The Emperor of All Maladies boldly addresses, then breaks down the monolith of disease.” —The Onion A.V. Club “Informative, elegant, comprehensive, and lucid.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Mukherjee’s elegant prose animates the science.” —Bloomberg News “Brilliant and riveting.” —Associated Press “[A] brilliant book.” —Larry King “A magnificent book.” —Sanjay Gupta, M.D., CNN “An ambitiou

EAN: 8601420075672

Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches

Languages: English