The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is an impressive, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances millions of years in the past throughout the epic battles within the 20th century to remedy, keep watch over, and overcome it to a thorough new figuring out of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning technology author, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines melanoma with a mobile biologist’s precision, a historian’s standpoint, and a biographer’s ardour. the result's an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a ailment people have lived with—and perished from—for greater than 5 thousand years.

The tale of melanoma is a narrative of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but additionally of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, informed throughout the eyes of his predecessors and friends, education their wits opposed to an infinitely innovative adversary that, simply 3 a long time in the past, used to be regarded as simply vanquished in an all-out “war opposed to cancer.” The booklet reads like a literary mystery with melanoma because the protagonist.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave could have bring to a halt her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s personal leukemia sufferer, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is set the folks who've soldiered via fiercely not easy regimens which will survive—and to extend our figuring out of this iconic illness.

Riveting, pressing, and fabulous, The Emperor of All Maladies presents a desirable glimpse into the way forward for melanoma remedies. it's an illuminating booklet that offers wish and readability to these looking to demystify melanoma.

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