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Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection

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The extraordinary story of the Nazi-era scientific genius who discovered how cancer cells eat―and what it means for how we should.

The Nobel laureate Otto Warburg―a cousin of the famous finance Warburgs―was widely regarded in his day as one of the most important biochemists of the twentieth century, a man whose research was integral to humanity’s understanding of cancer. He
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Published May 25th 2021 by Liveright
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    Sonja Arlow
    Cancer research seems to be like the parable of the blind men and an elephant.

    One branch of research feels the legs and declare that cancer is genetically driven and spend billions on gene sequencing to find the oncogenes. The other feels the trunk and says no its environmental and proclaims that carcinogens are everywhere waiting to give us cancer. Yet another feels the tusk and says its viral and finally the last one feels the tail and says its metabolic.

    The truth lies somewhere muddled in the
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    Alexa Klein
    Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is a fascinating book about an openly gay, Jewish scientist researching cancer in Nazi Germany. Sam Apple weaves together science and history in a masterful way so that you're learning about cells, disease, and diet while enraptured by the narrative. His writing is clear and compelling and hits the perfect balance between thorough explanations of science and interesting and amusing anecdotes that give the reader deep insight into what Warburg was like, including when he had his secretary se ...more
    Joshua
    Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Brilliantly written, Ravenous is both a great biography of an unusual man and an important contribution to the understanding of cancer. This is science literature at its very best. I loved this book!
    Luis Cuesta
    Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I received this book as a Goodreads giveway. This book is a detailed biography of German biologist Otto Warburg (1883-1970), who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for his work on cell respiration and metabolism, especially as related to cancer. The research that Warburg is best known for today, and the work that forms the backbone of “Ravenous,” is his discovery that cancer cells behave differently from healthy cells in two very specific ways: They consume massive amounts of glucose — Appl ...more
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    Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
    Tried to read this all the way through and didn't come close to succeeding. I don't usually skip chapters - I'll just put it down and / or return it. Subject matter, in this case Cancer Diet connection - was too interesting so I basically skipped most of the first 2/3 and went to the Pure White and Deadly chapters. ...more
    Molly
    Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed learning about the history of cancer research and the life of Otto Warburg. I learned a lot about cancer and potential diet risk factors. It has inspired me to modify my diet. I listened to the book and it was not difficult to listen to.
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    Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    An exceptional read, start to finish, and a fascinating story. The mix of insight, science, and history is first-rate. Apple is an exceptional writer. Not to be missed!
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    Well written

    Although I am not a science person the book was written in a way that anyone could follow. Warburg was a complicated man, this book captures his essence.
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    Sam Apple is on the faculty of the MA in Science Writing and MA in Writing programs at Johns Hopkins. Prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Apple taught creative writing and journalism at the University of Pennsylvania for ten years. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University. Apple is the author of Schl ...more

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