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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Valutazione: 4.5 stelle su 54.5/5 (228 recensioni)
Lunghezza: 977 pagine15 ore

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A microbial adversary…
Acclaimed science author Mukherjee tells the story of humanity’s most formidable adversary with the passion of a biographer in this Pulitzer Prize-winner.


The Emperor of All Maladies is a distinct, disturbingly humane “biography” of cancer, tracing back from the earliest documented cases thousands of years ago up to and through the monumental battles in the 20th century to fight, cure, and conquer it.

Researched and written by physician and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, this examination of cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision is coupled with a historian’s perspective and the passion of a biographer. The result is a magnificently lucid and eloquent story of a disease that humans have lived, and died, with for more than 5,000 years.

The history of cancer is one of human ingenuity, resistance, and persistence. It is also the story of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee delicately paints a portrait containing centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths told through the eyes of researchers that have come before him. He touches on the concept of the modern “war on cancer,” playing with the idea of people soldiering on through a fierce battlefield against an enemy that seems oblivious to their futile efforts to destroy it.
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