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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer


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  • Cancer.
  • 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

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