The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion. The story of cancer is one of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." It's a story of science and scientists, of centuries of discoveries, of setbacks and victories and deaths, told through the eyes of Mukherjee's predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. From the Persian Queen Atossa, who instructed her Greek slave to cut off her malignant breast, to the radical surgeries of the nineteenth century, to the first recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy, to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is a story of people-and their families-who soldier through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge. Riveting and magisterial, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400199174
1400199174
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file: 20 hr., 46 min., 1 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hoye, Stephen

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Jiying_ren
Feb 20, 2015

I really like this book for the depth and breadth being covered on such hard topic. The painstaking details on the pursuit to find a cure, the touching narrative of the personal stories, and the rigorous scientific accuracy, all of the above made this book one of its kind.

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1aa
Jan 17, 2015

Focused on the 20th century, mainly in the U.S.A., it weaves biography, institutional history, and the development of medical research.
Frankly, the only thing I want to learn about cancer now is how to avoid getting it.

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peggykayne
Oct 17, 2012

this was a fascinating, albeit long, audio book. I learned so much and appreciated the sincerity of the author in his work to help people through cancer. It is such a relief that we are not in the barbarous last century or two but actually moving forward into better treatments that work.

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Gordo81
Oct 16, 2012

Perhaps I am too involved in this field. As a Pharmacist working in Oncology I have a family member pass this book on to me, and I seriously can't get into it. I have no good reason why not, but I cannot pick it up to read.

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monkeymind
Jan 20, 2012

I listened to the book as a 16 cd book on tape while driving up and down the WhyteMud Freeway....crushingly sad to hear how someone journeys through cancer ...it can be beaten down,weakened, and almost absent, and still lurk back in and kill. Lots of info about the disease, the politics, and the big personalities who took risks to rid the world of this scourge. Recommended.
Also recccomend White Death the history of TB

Juliecook Oct 03, 2011

extremely long item

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