The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 571
ISBN: 9781439170915
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Release: 2011-08-09
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the development of present-day treatments. Reprint. Best-selling winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Includes reading-group guide.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9781439181713
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Release: 2010-11-16
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee 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, paternalism, and misperception. 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 that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-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 fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 592
ISBN: 9780007435814
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Release: 2011-02-08
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2011 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction 2011 Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize

The Laws of Medicine

The Laws of Medicine
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781476784854
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Release: 2015-10-13
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all. Over a decade ago, when Siddhartha Mukherjee was a young, exhausted, and isolated medical resident, he discovered a book that would forever change the way he understood the medical profession. The book, The Youngest Science, forced Dr. Mukherjee to ask himself an urgent, fundamental question: Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws—statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. But does medicine have laws like other sciences? Dr. Mukherjee has spent his career pondering this question—a question that would ultimately produce some of most serious thinking he would do around the tenets of his discipline—culminating in The Laws of Medicine. In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine. Brimming with fascinating historical details and modern medical wonders, this important book is a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and Eureka! moments that people outside of the medical profession rarely see. Written with Dr. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, not just for those in the medical profession, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated. Ultimately, this book lays the groundwork for a new way of understanding medicine, now and into the future.

The Gene

The Gene
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781476733531
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Release: 2016-05-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” (Elle). "Sid Mukherjee has the uncanny ability to bring together science, history, and the future in a way that is understandable and riveting, guiding us through both time and the mystery of life itself." –Ken Burns “Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost” (The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. “Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” (The Washington Post). Throughout, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. “A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. “The Gene is a book we all should read” (USA TODAY).

The Death of Cancer

The Death of Cancer
Author: Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., M.D.,Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780374714178
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Release: 2015-11-03
Editor: Sarah Crichton Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cancer touches everybody’s life in one way or another. But most of us know very little about how the disease works, why we treat it the way we do, and the personalities whose dedication got us where we are today. For fifty years, Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr. has been one of those key players: he has held just about every major position in the field, and he developed the first successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a breakthrough the American Society of Clinical Oncologists has called the top research advance in half a century of chemotherapy. As one of oncology’s leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world’s most formidable diseases. In DeVita’s hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible. Cowritten with DeVita’s daughter, the science writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, The Death of Cancer is also a personal tale about the false starts and major breakthroughs, the strong-willed oncologists who clashed with conservative administrators (and one another), and the courageous patients whose willingness to test cutting-edge research helped those oncologists find potential treatments. An emotionally compelling and informative read, The Death of Cancer is also a call to arms. DeVita believes that we’re well on our way to curing cancer but that there are things we need to change in order to get there. Mortality rates are declining, but America’s cancer patients are still being shortchanged—by timid doctors, by misguided national agendas, by compromised bureaucracies, and by a lack of access to information about the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s cancer centers. With historical depth and authenticity, DeVita reveals the true story of the fight against cancer. The Death of Cancer is an ambitious, vital book about a life-and-death subject that touches us all.

Swimming in a Sea of Death

Swimming in a Sea of Death
Author: David Rieff
Pages: 364
ISBN: 9781416554288
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Release: 2008-01-08
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's brave, passionate, and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life, from her initial diagnosis to her death, is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it is like to try to help someone gravely ill in her fight to go on living and, when the time comes, to die with dignity. Rieff offers no easy answers. Instead, his intensely personal book is a meditation on what it means to confront death in our culture. In his most profound work, this brilliant writer confronts the blunt feelings of the survivor -- the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough. And he tries to understand what it means to desire so desperately, as his mother did to the end of her life, to try almost anything in order to go on living. Drawing on his mother's heroic struggle, paying tribute to her doctors' ingenuity and faithfulness, and determined to tell what happened to them all, Swimming in a Sea of Death subtly draws wider lessons that will be of value to others when they find themselves in the same situation.

The First Cell

The First Cell
Author: Azra Raza
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9789354228285
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Release: 2021-08-20
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukaemia. Like When Breath Becomes Air, The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

Long for This World

Long for This World
Author: Jonathan Weiner
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9780060765361
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Release: 2010-06-22
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Draws on interviews with leading researchers to explore the possibility of human immortality and whether or not it could be attainable in the near future, and explains the science behind the most cutting-edge research in the field.

Cross Everything

Cross Everything
Author: Henry Scowcroft
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781472975164
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Release: 2021-02-18
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

'A moving, compelling and vital book, that sheds much needed light on the very latest understanding of cancer.' Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies 'Sensitive and informed. Essential reading for anyone supporting a loved one through cancer.' Deborah James, writer and broadcaster When Henry Scowcroft's partner Zarah was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer in her mid-thirties, their world fell apart. In order to cope with the upheaval as they endured scans, aggressive chemotherapy and hospital stays, Henry began writing down and sharing their experiences with friends and family. His day job as a writer for the charity Cancer Research UK helped him to explain everything he was learning from the coalface of cancer treatment – including Zarah's diagnosis, and their rollercoaster journey through the health system. After Zarah's untimely death Henry found some closure and comfort by trying to learn more about her cancer from scientific analysis of the test results and biopsies taken during her treatment, and enlisted a team of doctors and researchers to help him. Could he have done more? How did Zarah's tumour develop? Could there be a legacy from her death that would help others diagnosed with cancer? This heart-wrenching memoir of love and loss is interspersed with Henry's mission to understand the cancer that took his partner too soon.

Cancer

Cancer
Author: Craig A. Almeida,Sheila A. Barry
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781444357394
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Release: 2011-08-26
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“... Useful background information is displayed in blue boxes, and good use is made of numerous tables and diagrams... a useful book for the undergraduate medical or allied health professional...” –Oncology News, May/June 2010 This forward looking cancer biology book appeals to a wide ranging audience. Introductory chapters that provide the molecular, cellular, and genetic information needed to comprehend the material of the subsequent chapters bring unprepared students up to speed for the rest of the book and serve as a useful refresher for those with previous biology background. The second set of chapters focuses on the main cancers in terms of risk factors, diagnostic and treatment methods and relevant current research. The final section encompasses the immune system’s role in the prevention and development of cancer and the impact that the Human Genome Project will have on future approaches to cancer care. While best suited to non-majors cancer biology courses, the depth provided satisfies courses that combine both majors and non-majors. Also, and deliberately, the authors have incorporated relevant information on diagnosis and treatment options that lend appeal to the lay reader.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee,Tim Folger
Pages: 367
ISBN: 9780544003484
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Release: 2013-10-08
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Twenty-seven of America’s best science and nature essays of 2013, selected by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Gene. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a leading cancer physician and researcher, selects the year’s top science and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with curiosity and passion, delivering must-read articles from a wide array of fields. The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2013 includes: “The T-Cell Army” by Jerome Groopman “The Artificial Leaf” by David Owen “The Life of Pi, and Other Infinities” by Natalie Angier “Altered States” by Oliver Sacks “Recall of the Wild” by Elizabeth Kolbert “Super Humanity” by Robert M. Sapolsky “Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?” by Nathaniel Rich Contributors also include: J. B. Mackinnon · Benjamin Hale · Tim Zimmermann · David Deutsch and Artur Ekert · Michael Moyer · Sylvia A. Earle · John Pavlus · Michelle Nijhuis · Rick Bass · Michael Specter · Alan Lightman · David Quammen · Keith Gessen · Steven Weinberg · Gareth Cook · Katherine Harmon · Stephen Marche · Mark Bowden · Kevin Dutton

The Truth in Small Doses

The Truth in Small Doses
Author: Clifton Leaf
Pages: 499
ISBN: 9781476739984
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Release: 2013-07-16
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Investigates the lack of progress in the fight against cancer, citing misspent billions, non-collaboration among researchers, expensive drugs, and brain-drain.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0007447876
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Release: 2010
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A "biography" of cancer from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. A combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms the listener's understanding of cancer and much of the world around them. The author provides a glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.

How Doctors Think

How Doctors Think
Author: Jerome Groopman
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0547348630
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Release: 2008-03-12
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong—with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can—with our help—avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and reveal how new technologies may actually hinder accurate diagnoses. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track. Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems. How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Lee Tang
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:1230140427
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Release: 2017
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Doctors Who Cure Cancer

Doctors Who Cure Cancer
Author: Artour Rakhimov
Pages: 126
ISBN: 1490497986
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Release: 2013-06-22
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The book is based on a therapy used by more than 170 Soviet and Russian medical doctors. According to their clinical observations and hundreds of Western studies, low body oxygenation is the key factor that promotes cancer. These observations resulted in a unique clinical trial on cancer patients organized by one of the Ukrainian physicians who applied the Buteyko method on 120 people with metastatic cancer. The book "Doctors Who Cure Cancer" provides detailed analysis of the method since this is the most successful clinical trial in the whole history of cancer research. The tested cancer therapy was based on breathing retraining or teaching patients who to breathe in accordance with medical norms days and nights. Here are some details of this trial. Early metastatic cancers are deadly, but even these cancers can be cured For early stages of metastasis, the typical 3- or 5-year survival rate is usually about 70-80%. In this astonishing published clinical trial, the survival rate in the control group was about 76%. But 96% of people in the main group, which practiced breathing exercises (to increase body oxygenation), in addition to standard medical therapies, survived. Therefore, this self-oxygenation technique naturally reduced mortality almost 6 times! There were only 2 people in the experimental group who died, but both had serious additional healt problems (heart disease and diabetes). But all those who had only cancer survived. This can be the most powerful natural cancer cure used by doctors. Can we cure cancer naturally? The trial was published in Ukrainian Oncology Journal (Kiev). This self-oxygenation method has been used by more than 160 Soviet and Russian medical doctors on over 200,000 patients, many of whom had cancers. Prior to this clinical trial, these Soviet and Russian MDs tested hundreds of people with cancers and found that all of them had heavy breathing pattern with low results for the DIY body oxygen test. These doctors discovered that dynamic of cancer (stalemate, metastasis or regression of tumors) depends on breathing patterns and body oxygenation. They developed a program for cancer treatment that is based on simple breathing exercises and lifestyle changes. Breathing parameters in people with cancer Several Western studies (described in this book) measured minute ventilation, respiratory frequency and end-tidal CO2 in people with cancer. All these medical publications found that virtually each and every person with cancer: breathed about 2 times more air per minute than the medical norm had very low exhaled CO2 content (about 2 times less for people with metastasis) had increased respiratory rate at rest (up to 30-40 breaths/min instead of normal 10-12 breaths/minute). This is called "hyperventilation" or breathing more than the medical norm. Overbreathing, according to hundreds of clinical studies, reduces O2 levels in body cells. Review of other breathing therapies for treatment of cancer Apart from the Buteyko breathing method used by more than 150 doctors, this book reviews other self-oxygenation techniques and breathing exercises that increase body oxygenation. The book suggests that people can cure cancer naturally if they normalize their automatic breathing and achieve about 40 seconds for the simple DIY body oxygen test.

Summary Study Guide The Emperor of All Maladies

Summary   Study Guide   The Emperor of All Maladies
Author: Lee Tang
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9780994764072
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Release: 2021
Editor: LMT Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

You will never look at cancer the same way. This book is a summary of "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book chronicles a fascinating "biography" of cancer—from its first documented appearance five thousand years ago through the battles in the 20th century to cure, control, and subdue it, to a new understanding of its biology. It recounts centuries of discoveries, successes, and failures in the cat and mouse battle against cancer, bringing cancer research and cancer biology to the lay public. Read this book to get an informative overview of the evolution of healthcare and health research, in addition to the specific history of cancer. This guide includes: * Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts. * Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth. Value-added from this guide: * Save time * Understand key concepts * Expand your knowledge

Dog Flowers

Dog Flowers
Author: Danielle Geller
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781984820396
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Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: One World/Ballantine
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After her mother dies of a vicious withdrawal from drugs while homeless, the author collects her mother's documents, diaries, and photographs into a single suitcase and begins a journey of confronting her family, her harrowing past, and the decisions she's been forced to make.

p53

p53
Author: Sue Armstrong
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1472910516
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Release: 2015-02-24
Editor: Bloomsbury USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

All of us have lurking in our DNA a most remarkable gene. Its job is to protect us from cancer. This gene-known simply as p53-constantly scans our cells to ensure that when they grow and divide as part of the routine maintenance of our bodies, they do so without mishap. If a cell makes a mistake in copying its DNA during the process of division, p53 stops it in its tracks, sending in the repair team before allowing the cell to carry on dividing. If the mistake is irreparable and the rogue cell threatens to grow out of control (as happens in cancer), p53 commands the cell to commit suicide. Cancer cannot develop unless p53 itself is damaged or handicapped by some other fault in the system. Not surprisingly, p53 is the most studied single gene in history. p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code tells the story of the discovery of the gene and of medical science's mission to unravel its mysteries and get to the heart of what happens in our cells when they turn cancerous. Through the personal accounts of key researchers, the book reveals the excitement of the hunt for new cures -- the hype, the enthusiasm, the lost opportunities, the blind alleys and the thrilling breakthroughs. As the long-anticipated revolution in cancer treatment tailored to each individual patient's symptoms starts to take off at last, p53 is at the cutting edge. This is a timely tale of scientific discovery and advances in our understanding of a disease that still affects more than one in three of us at some point in our lives.