The Emperor of All Maladies
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The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Science & Nature
Jul 29, 2018
Through stories of patients, pathologists, and crusaders, The Emperor of All Maladies charts the evolution of our comprehension of cancer and new developments in its treatment, illuminating the effect of each on the disease's cultural and political resonance. Ingenuity and serendipity alike are celebrated, and blind alleys in the laboratory and bad judgments in public policy are explained with insight and valuable interpretation. Because of Mukherjee’s rare combination of clinical intelligence, intellectual curiosity, and imaginative intuition, The Emperor of All Maladies does justice to the true life-and-death dimensions of its subject. A nearly five-hundred-page tome about the most fearsome of diseases may sound like a gloomy prospect, but this “biography” of cancer is a marvel of medical erudition, emotional gravity, and literary elegance: Our scientific learning and human understanding are so enhanced by its narrative that we’re sorry to come to its end.
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Apr 15, 2020
Well written, well researched.
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