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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.82
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the layman, January 11, 2011
Have you ever lost someone to cancer? Have you ever wondered about the history of cancer and how treatment of the disease has evolved throughout medicine and society? Do medicine and science interest you but you don't have a specific background in either? Alternately, are you a practitioner or scientist who is interested in learning more about cancer? If so, then this book is for you.

The Emperor of All Maladies is an riveting biography of cancer that reads like a novel. Mukherjee writes in a clear and concise way that is not too difficult for the layman and not too repetitive for those more schooled in the subject. Through reading about the history of cancer and how remedies have been approached over the centuries, we learn more about ourselves as humans.By the time I finished the book I felt as if I had a better understanding of the struggles Mukherjee faces as a doctor and the pain involved in trying to understand the disease. The book is lengthy but is written with exquisite style that is it easy to burn through.I could not put this book down and was found each chapter intriguing. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever dealt with cancer in any way or simply wants to learn more about this enigmatic disease.

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