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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Like Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning book on depression, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificently written and conceived "biography" of a formidable disease, cancer--from its origins through the epic battles to conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Read an excerpt from the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction.
Like Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning book on depression, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificently written and conceived "biography" of a formidable disease, cancer--from its origins through the epic battles to conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Read an excerpt from the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction.

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Publish date: Aug 9, 2011
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“A compulsively readable, surprisingly uplifting, and vivid tale.
thrilling
.”
o, the oprah magazine
[An]
 
essential
 
piece of medical journalism.”
time
“A meticulously researched, panoramic history . . . What makesMukherjee’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.”
the Boston gloBe
riveting
 
and
 
powerful
.”
san Francisco chronicle
remarkable
 
. . . Te 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. Mukherjeedoes the opposite. His book is not built to show us the good doctorstruggling with tough decisions, but ourselves.”
John Freeman, npr
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Te Emperor of All Maladies
 
 Te Emperor o All Maladies
A Biography o Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Te Emperor of All Maladies
is a magnicent, prooundly humane “biog-raphy” o cancer—rom its rst documented appearances thousands o  years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control,and conquer it to a radical new understanding o its essence. Physician,researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee ex-amines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective,and a biographer’s passion. Te result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquentchronicle o a disease humans have lived with—and perished rom—ormore than ve thousand years. Te story o cancer is a story o human ingenuity, resilience, and persever-ance, but also o hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee re-counts centuries o discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told throughthe eyes o his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an innite-ly resourceul adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily  vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” Te book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut of herdiseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients o primitive radiationand chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla,
Te Emperor of All Maladies
is about the people who have soldiered through ercely de-manding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understandingo this iconic disease.Riveting, urgent, and surprising,
Te Emperor of All Maladies
provides a as-cinating glimpse into the uture o cancer treatments. It is an illuminatingbook that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystiy cancer.

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