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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Book!

I heard the author on Public Radio and purchased the Nookbook. It is an excellent history of cancer and cancer research that strips away much of the mystery of the disease. I found it compelling and not difficult to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who...
I heard the author on Public Radio and purchased the Nookbook. It is an excellent history of cancer and cancer research that strips away much of the mystery of the disease. I found it compelling and not difficult to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has cancer or knows someone struggling with the disease. This is not a how-to book on comforting those with cancer. This is a book that gives knowledge on how the disease exists in the body and the challenges that lie ahead in defeating it. "The Emperor of All Maladies" not only contains facts but passion in fighting cancer and compassion in treating it. A must read.

posted by Kratz on March 29, 2011

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IN DEPTH

This very lengthy history of the dreaded *C* was quite eye opening. I have been an RN since the late 70's,and it'amazing what leaps and bounds have been made during my career This is not always an easy read and sometimes comes across like a textbook, but it really cover...
This very lengthy history of the dreaded *C* was quite eye opening. I have been an RN since the late 70's,and it'amazing what leaps and bounds have been made during my career This is not always an easy read and sometimes comes across like a textbook, but it really covers cancer and its treatment with a highly clinical viewpoint. IKept waiting for the human aspect, but those glimpses were few and far between. Still, very educational

posted by Purr on December 28, 2010

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    Informative but dense

    The Emperor of All Maladies is a sweeping “biography” of cancer covering archeological/ancient history to present-day. It is very well-informed, well written, and thorough. Definitely worth a read for anyone who is interested in the history of cancer or medicine. Well-deserving of the Pulitzer Prize it won in 2011. I think it was written with the popular reader in mind (he DOES tell us what DNA is at the beginning of the book), but the book quickly delves into terminology and topics that I suspect would be very heavy to someone who doesn’t already know a little about biology/medicine. This is especially true in the second half of the book. Mukherjee also is SO thorough that the book becomes extremely long, which is difficult for those of us with a short attention span. Also, I got great amusement out of his formulaically inserted personal patient pieces. It was good that he had them (they broke up the difficult scientific passages) but I could tell that they were written by a scientist and not a journalist (i.e. they were comprised of literal rather than emotive descriptions). Being a scientist myself, this made me chuckle (alas! an emotion). However, I think the personal patient pieces were interesting and elicited enough emotion to engage the readers. They worked for me, anyway

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    As a cancer survivor I found this book very interesting!

    Non survivors may not find it interesting, but I was fascinated to read the history of this ancient disease that is so much our part of ourselves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

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    Incredibly interesting and informative

    I really liked this book. So many things I did not realize about cancer and the search for cures and therapies. You'll get up close and personal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Slow start

    Almost put this book down permanently because of the slow tedious early history-BUT I'm glad I didn't! It picked up speed and interest after the first 100 pages. Fascinating history of the science and politics cancer has been subject too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Fascinating and moving, too

    This was a fascinating book about the history of and man's fight against cancer. I lost a loved one to leukemia, the type of cancer that figures prominently in the medical history of this disease, so it was especially moving to me. My one slight negative is that there is a lot of "science" in this book and there were a few times when I couldn't quite keep things straight. I would have liked to have seen a few more illustrations to accompany the narrative discussion of the biology and chemistry behind cancer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 6, 2012

    Helpful for the layman

    Wonderfull, informative intro to cancer. The reader does not have to be a physician (although it was recommended by a physician).

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