• The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Thorndike Biography) (Hardback) By (author) Siddhartha Mukherjee

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    Description"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-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with--and perished from--for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, "The Emperor of All Maladies "is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive--and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, "The Emperor of All Maladies "provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.


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    Title
    The Emperor of All Maladies
    Subtitle
    A Biography of Cancer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Siddhartha Mukherjee
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 873
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,089 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781410447159
    ISBN 10: 1410447154
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.2
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC subject category V2: VFJB
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: MBX, MJCL
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 420
    BIC subject category V2: VFD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14620
    DC22: 616.994
    DC21: 616.994
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED062000
    B&T Approval Code: G65403618
    BISAC V2.8: HEA039030
    DC22: 616.99/4
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: RC275 .M85 2012
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    large type edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Thorndike Press
    Imprint name
    Thorndike Press
    Publication date
    26 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Waterville, ME
    Review quote
    "This volume should earn Mukherjee a rightful place alongside Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Stephen Hawking in the pantheon of our epoch's great explicators."--"Boston Globe"