The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 1439107955 (ISBN13: 9781439107959) The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane ?biography? of cancer?from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-wi Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 1439107955 (ISBN13: 9781439107959) The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnifi...

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Title:The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Author:Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
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Number of Pages:571 pages pages

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  • K
    Oct 22, 2011
    Sigh. I really wanted to be intellectual enough for this book. I loved walking around with it, carrying it into my pediatrician's office -- see, doctor? I may be a lowly layperson, but I too can read doctor books! (He didn't notice.) And for the first 100 pages, I was excited. Yes! ...
  • Warwick
    Oct 09, 2014
    I've been wanting to read this since it first appeared, but I was just too nervous. Call it superstition. This is far scarier than any of your Barkers, your Kings or your Koontzes: there are no such things as zombies or bogeymen, but cancer is out there. Waiting for us. In The Gre...
  • Lisa Vegan
    Nov 30, 2010
    I am not sure what to say about this book except that I think it?s a masterpiece. Though I took over five months to read it, I found everything about it fascinating. I have to say that I felt an urgency to read this book before receiving a cancer diagnosis. My mother died of cance...
  • Christina
    Feb 25, 2011
    Deep breath. This book is elegant, extraordinarily insightful, and most of all important. Despite the big words and the complicated science, Mukherjee had me riveted from start to finish. I thought I had a knowledge of cancer before this book, but now I understand it, in all of its fev...
  • David
    May 05, 2011
    This is an elegant, well-written book. Parts of the book read like a detective story, and are very engrossing. However, I really take issue with the short shrift that the book gives to research on cancer prevention. Now, the author readily admits that big strides toward conquering canc...
  • David
    Dec 11, 2010
    Every year there's always one non-fiction book that the entire literate world raves about and that I hate. In 2009 it was Richard Holmes's "The Age of Wonder", the following year it was "The Emperor of All Maladies". Universally admired, winner of a Pulitzer prize, this book annoyed...
  • Jessica
    Jun 19, 2011
    I am a big blubbery crybaby when I'm reading a book, but I'm gonna have to get over that if I'm going to get through The Emperor of All Maladies. I almost bailed at page five because it was obvious that reading this would involve an intolerable amount of weeping on public transit, but ...
  • Nick Black
    Nov 03, 2010
    http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics... Hyperliterate, scientifically savvy, a hot-boiled detective novel spinning along axes of surgery, chemical and radiative therapy, molecular biology, bioinformatics, immunology, epidemiology and supercomputing -- there's a little bit here for ...
  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    Nov 27, 2015
    Done!! Phew!! Everything you've ever wanted to know, and didn't want to know about cancer. While this is not light reading, it's interesting reading. ...
  • Carol
    Jan 16, 2012
    I?m debating whether I should forgo the star system on my reviews. My stars make more sense when you align them with genre or category than title perhaps. Take a book like The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. How do the 5 stars I?m going to rat...
  • Pequete
    Oct 05, 2017
    I am trying to decide which of the two books I read so far by Siddhartha Mukherjee I liked more: this one, or The Gene and I can't make up my mind because both of them are SO good! If somebody had told me a book about cancer could be such a page turner, I would have never believed it. ...
  • Bruce
    Aug 30, 2012
    This book is subtitled ?A Biography of Cancer.? Mukherjee is an oncologist at Columbia University, and he writes well; the text reads less like a history than as a novel. Yet Mukherjee is scrupulously factual. This history, with a few gestures toward the confusions and mysteries of...
  • Petra X
    Jun 10, 2011
    This book took me over a year to read. I kept it on the kitchen counter and as the left-hand page pile got bigger there was me standing on the right, getting smaller. It was my diet book. A couple of pages and a pound or so every week. What I was doing was either boiling the kettle or ...
  • Cait Poytress
    Nov 14, 2010
    Cancer fucking sucks. ...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Aug 29, 2011
    Anna Cancerina What a masterpiece. With beautiful metaphors, poignant case studies, breath-taking science and delectable literary allusions, Siddhartha Mukherjee takes us on a detailed yet panoramic trip spanning centuries. Probably one of the best science books I have ever read. ...
  • Anna Balasi
    Jun 24, 2010
    So far, I'm completely enthralled/moved/disturbed! I never realized that a book about the history of Cancer could keep me reading on. I'm not a doctor or a nurse, though I've had a close member of the family pass away from Cancer, and perhaps that's what keeps me going, since I've been...
  • Alex
    May 15, 2014
    A terrific, comprehensive look at the history and mechanics of cancer, starting at Imhotep and ending at the no-longer-quite-literal bleeding edge of science. Mukherjee is an engaging and very careful writer; you get the sense that he pored over each sentence to make it as clear as pos...
  • David
    Mar 31, 2015
    In 2001, I suffered from increasing shortness of breath over a period of several weeks. At first I thought I was just out of shape, then I thought it was a recurrence of childhood asthma, then I went to the clinic of the university where I was attending grad school at the time to get c...
  • Cee
    Jan 17, 2011
    Informative. The first hundred pages trace cancer's history, even way back to the Egyptian civilization. The next two hundred pages are about the long struggles in surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to fight cancer. Then the last two hundred pages launch into prevention, genetics and ...
  • Vicki
    Dec 06, 2010
    As someone with a budding interest in diseases- whether chronic, acute, or intermittent- I immediately purchased this book for my library as soon as it was published. I anticipated a similarity to a favorite book of 2010, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but this book dives much d...
  • Emer
    Apr 16, 2018
    Fascinating and deep insight into the history of cancer research dating all the way back to an Egyptian text from 2500BC describing a 'bulging tumour in the breast for which there was no treatment'. A fairly comprehensive explanation of cancer biology that I believe can still be under...
  • Loederkoningin
    Aug 01, 2016
    It currently dominates the news in The Netherlands: the suspicious deaths of several people with cancer, who were treated with the drug 3-Bromopyruvate (3BP) in an alternative cancer centre in Germany. It?s likely that those that were treated at this clinic had no other treatment opt...
  • Julia Hayes
    Mar 15, 2011
    This is personal. Cancer entered my life uninvited trying to consume the body of my daughter, Aria. It was January 2008 when I heard the words, ?We think she has leukemia.? She was four years old. In the prologue of ?The Emperor of All Maladies?A Biography of Cancer? by Si...
  • Andy Perdue
    Apr 01, 2011
    This was a mammoth undertaking of research and writing. As a survivor/thriver, I found the book fascinating - and glad I live in the age I do. I think those who read this should also read "Anticancer: A New Way of Life" by Dr. David Servan-Shreiber. He's a two-time survivor who uses sc...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Jul 25, 2011
    This magisterial history of cancer won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, though not for History (that went to a new book about the Civil War) or, as Mukherjee more whimsically categorizes his own book, Biography (that went to a biography of George Washington); instead, he won in the General Nonfi...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Mar 06, 2018
    For me the word CANCER has always felt like that weird little creature in the movie Beetlejuice. If you say its name too often it may just manifest in front if you. Especially because both my parents are cancer survivors and my extended family is also riddled with cancer cases. And ...
  • Meetu
    May 30, 2012
    I first heard about this book a year back and was sure I would never read it. Medical non-fiction is not something I want to wrap my head around. So finally when I did pick it up from the library it was because a young acquaintance was undergoing chemotherapy and I thought it was perha...
  • Rohit Enghakat
    Dec 04, 2016
    "Cancer changes your life" a patient wrote after her mastectomy. "It alters your habits...Everything becomes magnified." This statement is so terrifying that it always rings in your subconscious mind while reading this book. The book is beautifully written and an epic tome on cancer....
  • K.J. Charles
    Jun 24, 2018
    Absolutely astonishing history of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and the search for causes. It's extremely well written and intensely, compellingly readable, with some pretty terrifying details, and completely clear even for this scientific illiterate. Mukherjee never loses sight of the ...
  • María Alcaide
    Oct 12, 2017
    A great compilation on all cancer related, from history to biology, treatments, future perspectives and clinical cases. Though a big dense book, with tons of information, it is greatly written and explained in a way everyone can understand. For those not much into science or medicine i...