The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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by Siddhartha Mukherjee
     
 

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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.

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Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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 cut off her malignant 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439107959
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Pages:
571
Sales rank:
53,820
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Prologue 1

Part 1 "Of blacke cholor, without boyling" 9

Part 2 An Impatient War 105

Part 3 "Will you turn me out if I can't get better?" 191

Part 4 Prevention is the Cure 235

Part 5 "A Distorted Version of Our Normal Selves" 335

Part 6 The Fruits of Long Endeavors 393

Atossa's War 461

Acknowledgments 471

Notes 473

Glossary 533

Selected Bibliography 537

Photograph Credits 543

Index 545

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