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    DescriptionThe 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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 573
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439170915
    ISBN 10: 1439170916
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.2
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBX, MJCL
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16920
    DC22: 616.994
    Libri: ENGM4550, KREB6000, TUMO5052
    DC21: 616.994
    BISAC V2.8: MED062000
    B&T Approval Code: G65403600, A65160000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000, MED039000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: RC275 .M85 2011
    DC22: 616.99/40092
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    01 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    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"