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The Emperor of Maladies : A Biography of Cancer (Paperback) Price: Rs.497

A magnificent, beautifully written biography of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles to cure, control and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance and mis perception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out ‘war against cancer’. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the eyes of predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipient of primitive radiation and chemotherapy and Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimes to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge. Riveting and magisterial, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and a brilliant new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennial.

 

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Authored By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book Details
Publisher HarperCollins India
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9780007428052
ISBN-10 0007428057
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 571 Pages
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
Award Year 2011
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An Erudite's Evening Pleasure

This book is precisely what it states, it lugs you through an epic journey towards the discovery of cancer,it's varieties and its cure. It traces through the cancer landscape,its highs and lows,the battle,the petitions and the litigations in the era of War on Cancer in the nineteenth century. A parallel plot trudges the authors emotions and affiliation with some of his patients and his morbid experience as a medical intern at Massachusetts General.
Riveting read with handpicked and polished language,captivating and at the same time thought provoking, it's been my afternoon ritual with coffee lately.

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A roller coaster ride

Mr. Mukherjee yanks you by the elbow and takes you through a roller coaster of a ride through the troughs and peaks of failures and successes in man's quest for the holy grail of medicine, the elusive cure for Cancer. Spanning almost 4000 years from the first references during the times of the Pharaohs to 2008, the epic journey covers the attempts to eradicate Cancer by the surgeons, the chemists, the radiologists and lastly the geneticists.

Every blind alley has led to small openings, which have helped to unravel the mystery of this malignant disease and the recent successes with genetic research and early detection has helped increase the survival rates. But the battle is far from over, if one is to go by Mr. Mukherjee's passionate account.

An excellent example of how to take medical science to the layman, I hope that this book will also inspire a large number of India's youngsters to pursue careers in research related to cancer.

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Cancer - everything you wanted to know

When I first heard about Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Emperor of Maladies, I avoided the book as it is all about cancer. I have a personal reason for this. I saw at close quarters my own father suffer and succumb to this dreaded disease in 1975.
I subsequently heard that this book also won Guardian first book prize. I had second thoughts. There must be something in this book. A book that may be just for medical students cannot win Pulitzer.
I read the book and I have only superlatives in praise of the book.
What is cancer? What causes it? Virus? Hereditary? Infection? Genetic disorder? Some poisonous chemicals? Or just an unresolved mystery?
Finally is cancer curable? Preventable?
Read on. You will get all the answers.

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Monumental. Epic.

There's not much I can say that hasn't been said already. The amount of research that has gone into this work of great scholarship is immense. Every story, every fact, every anecdote is meticulously footnoted and referenced.

Dr. Mukherjee approaches the dreaded disease from multiple angles at multiple levels and somehow manages to come up with a beautifully written, wonderfully coherent, at times magical, literary blockbuster. I liked the historical overview he provides, putting everything in context. Paced just right, it reads like a gripping novel--only terribly true.

My only minor quibble is that the last few pages seem hastily written and rather shoddily edited. And he sometimes uses too many adjectives. But that's a minor issue, easily swept aside. This book will inform you, enlighten you, engage you, entertain you, make you laugh and cry, and make you a better person. No, I'm not joking.

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Beautiful and well thought chapters

This book by Dr Mukherjee bought a tremendous effect on my work ethics .I work for a clinical research industry and I recognize and acknowledge this book for a in depth dive for Oncology. We participate and work in many clinical trials and majority of them are Cancer trials.
On a average cancer trials in our industry we generally check to increase the life expectancy of the patients since there are no complete cure for Cancer. There are loads of side effects on the chemothrapy and after reading this book I feel more responsible when I am heading a trial for oncology. I check all the details again and again with great care and accuracy. Try to find a logic in more depth with the relevent Adverse events n other incidents.

This book actually drew a face for "Cancer" to me!!! I now can relate my work, knowledge and with this dreaded disease very clearly. I feel more responsible to conduct and analyze data from those trials and keep in mind the ordeal this disease has created worldwide.
I work with some top 10 pharma company in the world in their oncology trials and I have recommended this book to many of my clients and gifted too few of them as well.
Together we are still fighting against this disease and hopefully will be able to save the earth from his clutch!!!

A strongly recommended book for all those who have a thrust for knowledge and ready to dive deep with the author for the facts and figures!!!!
A gripping history of cancer and the early and current challenges the researchers and people face every day to tackle and win over the Emperor.

A must read.

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