The Emperor of All Maladies : A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now, a documentary by Ken Burns on the PBS channel, The Emperor of All Diseases is a magnificent, profoundly human “biography” of cancer, from the first documented the appearances of thousands of years through epic battles in the twentieth century, to heal, control and radically new understanding of its essence.Physician, researcher, and award-winning writer of science, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a precision cellular biologist, from the point of view of the historian and biographer of passion.The result is surprisingly lucid and eloquent chronic chronic human disease have lived-and peri-for more than five thousand yearsThe history of cancer is a history of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance, but also of excess, paternalism and misperception of the situation.Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their intelligence against an infinitely ingenious adversary who, for only three decades, was thought to be easily defeated in a “war against cancer”.”The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.”From Persian, Queen Atossa, whose Greek, slave may have cut off her sick breast, in the nineteenth century, the beneficiaries of the primitive radiotherapy and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukaemia patient, Carla, the Emperor of All Diseases, it was the people who persevered through fiercely demanding schemes in order to survive, and dRiveting, Emergency, and Surprising, The Emperor of All Diseases provides a fascinating insight into the future of cancer treatmentsIt is an enlightening book that gives hope and clarity to those who seek to demystify cancer.
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