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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
I'm listening to the audio version. The reading is mostly good, but occasionally bathetic and annoying. The story is interesting and really well told. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a confirmation of the majority of doctors as macho meatheads. I'm about halfway through, at the start of the "Curiouser and Curiouser" chapter. One of the things this book does well is to emphasize the remarkable complexity of cancer, its various manifestations, causes, and treatments.

The author must have been told that one must introduce the human interest, so he makes occasional attempts to write like a journalist. These are the worst parts of the book, as of course they draw in the usual weary way on the lowest common denominator cliches. On the bright side, these interludes were more frequent at the start of the book, and have all but disappeared at the middle of the book.
  themulhern | Sep 15, 2015 |
I brilliant book that massages your soul. Packed with medical history and the progression of treatments, this book will bore the hell out of you some chapters and keep you hungrily devouring the pages of others. ( )
  jessicaofthebees | Aug 15, 2015 |
I brilliant book that massages your soul. Packed with medical history and the progression of treatments, this book will bore the hell out of you some chapters and keep you hungrily devouring the pages of others. ( )
  valerietheblonde | Aug 5, 2015 |
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It's time to welcome a new star in the constellation of great doctor-writers. With this fat, enthralling, juicy, scholarly, wonderfully written history of cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee - a cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University - vaults into that exalted company ...
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Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell. to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. --Susan Sontag
To Robert Sandler (1945-1948), and to those who came before and after him.
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(Prologue) On the morning of May 19, 2004, Carla Reed, a thirty-year-old kindergarten teacher from Ipswich, Massachusets, a mother of three young children, woke up in bed with a headache.
In a damp fourteen-by-twenty-foot laboratory in Boston on a December morning in 1947, a man named Sidney Farber waited impatiently for the arrival of a parcel from New York.
In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practice it much.- Sherlock Holmes, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet
Physicians of the utmost fame Were called at once; but when they came They answered, as they took their Fees, "There is no Cure for this Disease." - Hilaire Belloc
Its palliation is a daily task, its cure a fervent hope. - William Castle, describing leukemia in 1950
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A magnificently written "biography" of cancer--from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it.

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