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

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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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 |
When reading this book, I get this strong feeling of the author often going sideways, distracted by every new name and continue on to meander and babble about irrelevant people & facts. And for what? My guess, to appear more learned and foist the book as better researched when it really is just a hodgepodge of facts(?) about cancer, presented rather slovenly. ( )
  StanleyPhang | Jul 18, 2015 |
This history of cancer and of cancer treatments fascinated me. Mukherjee traces the successes and failures of "cancer cures" and explains why a treatment that might produce near-miraculous remission in one person may be useless to another person with the same type of cancer. He answered all of the questions I brought to the book and wrote with compassion for cancer sufferers and their families and with a git for explaining history, medical science, and the politics of cancer. ( )
  nmele | Jun 15, 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
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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.
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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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