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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Written by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Narrated by Fred Sanders

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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.

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, 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 his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. The audiobook is like a literary thriller with cancer as the central character.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the 19th-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens in order to survive - and to increase the store of human knowledge.

Editor's Note

A microbial adversary…

Acclaimed science author Mukherjee tells the story of humanity’s most formidable adversary with the passion of a biographer in this Pulitzer Prize-winner.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateDec 15, 2015
ISBN9781508214243
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Author

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Gene: An Intimate History, a #1 New York Times bestseller; The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction; and The Laws of Medicine. He is the editor of Best Science Writing 2013. Mukherjee is an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in many journals, including Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters. Visit his website at: SiddharthaMukherjee.com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Very interesting "biography of cancer" that makes me really glad we've passed the "let's just remove everything in the vicinity of the tumor, I'm sure that muscle is not terribly important"-stage of cancer treatment already - and makes me wonder which of todays treatments we will look back on in horror in 30 years. Highly recommended.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    4.5 A thorough and reasonably elegant introduction to cancer; how we know what we know. A point for the scientists in the eternal expert vs. writer non-fiction conflict. Very slightly overwritten at parts, the book covers a great deal of difficult ground with pleasant speed. Worth it for the chapter quotes.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    medicine bookbox; fascinating for such a difficult subject. Cancer really is a suite of diseases and more prominent now because other diseases, like flu and TB aren't killing us any more.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Readable linear history of cancer treatment with a strong emphasis on the characters - biomedical researchers, physicians, surgeons, patients and publicists - behind the transforming landscape of oncology.The layperson may wish to first read Mukherjee's more technical The Gene: An Intimate History (2016) to appreciate some of the latest research he outlines.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This book was everything I hoped it would be. A great non-fiction read--fascinating as history and as current as tomorrow's headline. Mukherjee does an excellent job taking a very complicated story and pulling all the pieces together in a coherent narrative and at the same time explaining the science behind the story so that laymen can easily understand. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the amazing leaps that have happened in the fight against cancer and why the fight ahead is so challenging. Great book! Highly recommended!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This is the history of cancer, from its first mention in ancient Egyptian texts to today. It includes the history of how we understood it and how we treated it to what we know about it now and how it's treated. It is the most spectacular book about cancer that I can imagine could be written.