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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: "In 2010, about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million
humans around the world, will die of cancer." With this sobering statistic, physician and researcher Siddhartha
Mukherjee begins his comprehensive and eloquent "biography" of one of the most virulent diseases of our time. An
exhaustive account of cancer's origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments--multi-pronged
chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care--came into existence thanks to a century's worth of
research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. While The Emperor of All Maladies is rich with
the science and history behind the fight against cancer, it is also a meditation on illness, medical ethics, and the
complex, intertwining lives of doctors and patients. Mukherjee's profound compassion--for cancer patients, their
families, as well as the oncologists who, all too often, can offer little hope--makes this book a very human history of
an elusive and complicated disease. --Lynette Mong