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The Emperor of All Maladies : A Biography of Cancer (English)

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Cancer is one of a handful of human ailments that continue to elude us. The modern age is plagued with news of rising cancer rates, all kinds of possible man-made causes and a constant stream of potential miracle cures. In the course of his investigations into cancer, however, Siddhartha Mukherjee discovered that it is an ancient illness, which endured for centuries as a private matter, swaddled in secrecy and shame. Peering beyond the screen he saw that every generation had imagined cancer uniquely, and made its own desperately inventive attempt to find a cure. It is only over recent generations that cancer has morphed into one of the most public and politically scrutinised diseases of our era.

Mukherjee delves into the larger history of cancer. How old is it? When did the battle against it begin? How have we - as a society - dealt with its challenge? How have we imagined the disease and what forces have we marshalled against it? Essentially: where are we in the war against cancer? What, if anything, have we won so far, and what have we lost?

Cancer is a survivor: it changes, it adapts, it evolves, it grows. It is so close to us in biology that, in destroying it, we often destroy ourselves. The quest for the 'cure' for cancer has gradually transformed into a lodestone quest, the yardstick of our scientific and medical progress. This book is the story of that quest.

About the Author
Siddhartha Mukherjee
is a Fellow in the Division of Cancer Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his D.Phil at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his medical degree at Harvard. He has also been a Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

His writing has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the New Republic and the New York Times Book Review. Recently his work has been featured in the Best American Science Writing anthology.

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Authored By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book Details
Publisher HarperCollins Publisher
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Publication Year 2011 February
ISBN-13 9780007250912
ISBN-10 0007250916
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 576 Pages
Dimensions
Width 6.10 inch
Height 1.70 inch
Depth 2 inch
Weight 907 g
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Excellent book for the layman on cancer.

There is a wealth of information provided in an easily understandable form. I found enough material in the book for giving an introductory lecture on Oncoviruses for MBBS students! I feel each and every medical student must read this book, preferably before he/she completes the MBBS course. The mental imagery the prose evokes opens our eyes to the horrors of cancer and why it will shortly become the number 1 killer of people. A 5* effort from the author and a must-have in any library.

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