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The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer
Lu par : Fred Sanders
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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.

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, 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 his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. The audiobook is like a literary thriller with cancer as the central character.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the 19th-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens in order to survive - and to increase the store of human knowledge.

©2010 Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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  • S.R.E.
  • 02/03/2016

Incredible

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I'm not usually hot on reading nonfiction for pleasure. However, I enjoy reading medical articles and frequently find myself hopping between Wikipedia articles reading about different illnesses. This book is a more legitimate version of my Wikipedia hobby.

I bought this book because my father had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Cancer was on my mind, but I was far too frightened of the emotional response I knew I would have to a biography or memoir. I honestly expected this book to be cold and clinical. I was completely wrong. The author seamlessly blends history, medical fact, and patient anecdotes. The chapters open with some very beautiful and thought-provoking quotes. The patient stories are beautiful and tragic without being saccharine. I also learned a lot about cancer, the functions of which were a mysterious blur in the back of my mind even after my father's diagnosis.

Perhaps the best surprise was how readable and absorbing this book was. I never thought I'd describe a nonfiction book written by a scientist as a "page turner", but here we are. It's a unique and wonderful book.

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  • oseedee
  • 23/05/2016

Incredibly beautiful and brilliant!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is curious about cancer. Dr. Mukherjee not only explains the disease, the research for cures, the person and poignant struggle of patients and this disease's future on the human race in such a way that even a layperson can make grasp it. I couldn't put it down! It compelled me forward like a great mystery novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't single a character out. The litany of men and women who devoted their lives to the study and cure of cancer is incredible and hundreds of them are heroes.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Sander's performance was perfect; easy to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book spoke to my soul...since, being human, of course I fear this dreaded disease and wonder with all my fellow travelers on planet earth, "Will it eventually get me too, and if so, what can I do?"

Any additional comments?

I think this book should be recommended reading for anyone who is quick to criticize medicine and science for their lack of "cure" at this time. Unless you're in the battle, don't criticize the soldiers on the front line.

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  • KaLu
  • 13/07/2016

Forced to read this - Absolutely incredible

Where does The Emperor of All Maladies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was assigned this book and when when it arrived from amazon I about had a heart attack. I dont think I had read anything that long or that heavy for years. BUT, it is phenomenal! It reads like a murder mystery/crime novel where you cant wait to turn the pages and find out what happens. I got the audio as well so I could bounce back and forth between morning reading and morning commute listening. The narrator is great and despite the heavy content both the author and narrator deliver it in a easy to follow, interesting, understanding way. Hands down the best book I have read & listened to in years despite having no interest when I initially started! Get it!

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  • Timothy
  • 12/11/2016

Great but not as good as his other book

I got this book because I read his other book The Gene: An Intimate History. That book is an unqualified masterpiece. This book is also great, but having read the other, it covers some familiar territory and so maybe was overshadowed. If you're only going to read one Siddhartha Mukergee book, read The Gene. That's my recommendation.

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  • Louise Iyengar
  • 12/02/2016

Amazing book! Superbly read.

Amazingly well written. As a layperson with a limited background in biology, I was concerned if I could follow this book. It thoroughly intrigued and got so much out of listening to this book. Very worthwhile book focusing on
oncology's quest to find treatment and halt this disease.

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  • CHET YARBROUGH
  • 01/07/2018

TO A HAMMER EVERYTHING IS A NAIL

Siddhartha Mukherjee examines the history of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death. At first glance, one thinks--so what? We are living longer, and everyone dies of something. However, Mukherjee notes a recent study shows cancer deaths are rising, even when age is removed from the equation. In the process, he exposes the arrogance of medical specialization. Mukherjee shows early attempts to cure cancer were led by surgeons who removed cancerous growth. “The Emperor of All Maladies” reminds one of the saying—"To a hammer, everything is a nail”. Cancer is a slippery killer. The hammer, in the early days of treatment, is a scalpel wielded by surgeons who cut deeper and deeper into the body until the patient is either permanently disabled or dead. The surgeon believes he has removed the cancer only to find it returns in weeks or months later. Mukherjee addresses the need for funding to expand cancer research. He is not Pollyannaish about the need. He acknowledges cancer research is not going to be like America’s race to the moon in the 1960s. There is no definitive goal. The goal is not fixed like a mission to Mars. Cancer’s etiology evolves. It is unlikely for there to be a single-bullet solution that will cure cancer. The cure begins with physician attention and empathy for the patient; not for physician self-congratulation. Cancer is an eternal war. It changes with the environment and life’s evolutionary laws.

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  • Rush
  • 19/05/2016

Enthralled

This is a comprehensive, scientifically historical account of the history of cancer presented in such a way that it's as captivating as a fiction novel. I'm in hour 18 and am dreading the fact that it is almost over but cannot wait to see how it unfolds. If you like this kind of book, you'll love this one.

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  • Falgun
  • 24/12/2015

Amazing and very well researched biography of cancer!

Siddhartha Mukherjee apart from being great researcher and Doctor is also great story teller and writer. This is by far one of the best book I read on medical science. He has explained history as well as underlying biological reason, available cure, challenges for comprehensive therapy and future of Cancer in very colloquial language that any layman can understand.. Take a bow Doctor. Mukherjee. Would highly recommend this book to all as 25% of deaths in America every year is due to Cancer and this book will surely change your paradigm the way you look at it.

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  • Patrick Tubbins
  • 10/01/2017

Great book that gives history of cancer

This book was well written with great detail. I wished that were more hopeful about the fight with cancer but the facts are the facts.

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  • Ingmar Lindström
  • 22/01/2019

Great overview and narration.

I liked to book, it was thorough and interestingly written. The narration was good, too.

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  • Tedsky
  • 20/06/2016

A must read

An amazing book for both people with and without Medical background. Everybody will be touch by cancer at some level. This book provides a thorough background.

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  • cipher_
  • 20/11/2017

Powerful and enlightening

An amazing book, providing countless insights into cancer, it’s treatment and adjacent fields while at the same time navigating an extremely emotional topic in a beautiful way despite all the inherent sadness.

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  • Giudimir
  • 13/08/2020

Exceptional read

The depth of the research is baffling and reminds Rebecca Scloots story of Henrietta Lacks. How do you find time to write such a intriguing, nuanced and deep history of cancer research. As biology student I went on a beautiful journey through names and ideas that dominated the past and coined the present where I find myself learning some few abstract concepts. It is so important to teach ideas and not only memorising facts. And the vocabulary of Sid is just ridiculous. An absolute must, loved it until the last letter.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 07/01/2019

Die Geißel der Menscheit

Siddharta Mukherjee hat eine grandiose Biographie über die Plage geschrieben, die uns noch ein Weilchen verfolgen wird. Die vielen Denkschulen in ihren Irrtümern, Glücksfällen. Die Entstehung von Lebensrettenden Medikamenten, die Kämpfe seiner Patienten, der Kampf von Jimmy und natürlich den Ärzten, die so oft hilflos zusehen müssen. Eindringlich und spannend führt er uns durch die Geschichte der seit Jahrtausenden größten und gefinkeldten Geißel, die immer wieder in vielen Gesichtern zurückkehrt: Ja, carcinosa, Krebs...