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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Feb 27, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-nonfiction
Read in February, 2011

The Emperor of All Maladies: the Story of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, narrated by Stephen Hoye, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from audible.com.

This book, written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist, cancer researcher, and award-winning science writer, recounts centuries of discoveries, of setbacks and victories and deaths, told through the eyes of Mukherjee's predecessors and peers. From the Persian Queen Atossa, who instructed her Greek slave to cut off her malignant breast, to the radical surgeries of the 19th 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 and draining regimens to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge. The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of cancer treatments and offers a perspective on the way cancer is now viewed as a disease, including that cancer is not just one disease, as was once thought with a one-in-all cure to be found, but a disease which must be traced now through every genetic combination to come up with characteristics and possible treatments. It is a world-wide and coordinated research effort at this time. It is well written, understandable and fascinating to read, and is also well narrated.

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