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Quicklet on Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer [Kindle Edition]

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The Emperor of All Maladies not only describes the nature and biology of cancer, it discusses a topic most readers care just as much, if not more about: The possibility of a cure. For close to a century, doctors have been hoping for and working on creating a magic bullet, a single approach or wonder drug that will completely end the war on cancer. Mukherjees book demonstrates that while oncology has made amazing progress in allowing cancer patients longer, healthier, happier lives, the long sought-after magic bullet cure for cancer remains nowhere in sight.


Born in England, now happily living in Durham, NC, I have 15 years experience as a reporter, 20 published fantasy/SF stories and I'm the author of three film reference books, most recently "Screen Enemies of the American Way." I love film, history and science, and I'm involved in theater non-professionally when I get a chance. You can find my blog at


After a prologue recounting some of Mukherjees personal experiences as a rookie oncologist, his biography opens in the year 1947. Mukherjee introduces readers to pathologist Dr. Sidney Farber as Farber waited for the delivery of aminopterin, a drug he believed could help cure childhood leukemiasomething oncologists of the time believed impossible.

Emperor then shifts further back in time to those 19th-century researchers who first realized the white blood cells swarming through some patients veins werent fighting disease: They were the disease. In leukemia, the cancer sits in the bone marrow, churning out defective white blood cells that in turn smother the normal, healthy cells in the blood stream.


Quicklet on Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
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Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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  • File Size: 1011 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink The Emperor of All Maladies Book Notes (April 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XXRJC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Short Notes for the book January 4, 2014
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The Emperor of all Maladies is an extensive piece of writing and i had to finish this for my assignment in just two days.I decided to go for the summary of the writing which found equally interesting and comprehensive. It helped me in my assignment work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap & cheerful... October 26, 2013
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Succinct, however a summary from writers perspective rather than prioritising as a general proposition! Worth the price for ease of reference.
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This is very useful for those of us who are interested in a subject but don't have the time to read a more complete book. This is well done and makes me want to read the full book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick way to get essence of the full non fiction book December 2, 2012
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Didnt have time to read the full book and actually needed to be informed about the context the author presented. This Quicklet did thevjob. After reading the full book was even more appreciative of this Quicklet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money October 12, 2012
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The quicklet guide is really a "quick"let summary of the book. There were no details whatsoever in the chapter summaries. They were just quick overall facts. A big let down if your looking for an in depth summary for each chapter.
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