The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biog- raphy” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago. WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer—from its first documented. musicmarkup.info Vol 12 April Cancer and Society. The emperor of all maladies. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Fourth. Estate, Pp , £
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In the end, cancer truly emerges, as a nineteenth-century surgeon once wrote in a book's frontispiece, as "the emperor of all maladies, the king of terrors. I found that the Pulitzer Prize–winning book. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of. Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, musicmarkup.info, MD. (Simon and Schuster. Editorial Reviews. musicmarkup.info Review. site Best Books of the Month, November "In , about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7.
Emperor of All Maladies Chock-full of early history, facts, figures, personal anecdotes, and scientific insights, the book tells the story of the slow, painful, and often erratic path toward progress accomplished by brilliant, passionate, and dedicated leaders also burdened with the typical human flaws of arrogance, hubris, self-promotion, and naivete thrown in. Very enthusiastically praised by most of the major newspapers and news magazines, The Emperor of all Maladies was selected by both The New York Times and TimeMagazine as one of the top 10 books of the year. The book clearly resonates with a very broad readership. That said, does it provide equally compelling reading for experienced oncologists already deeply familiar with many of the unique oncology stories likely to be so intriguing when freshly introduced to lay audiences? After all, every oncologist knows the story of Sir Percival Pott, the chimney sweeps, and scrotal cancer, as well as the political and scientific duopoly that brought about the transformation of smoking attitudes in this country. This reader's answer is an emphatic yes. In each section so familiar to all oncologists, Mukherjee peppers the text with fascinating anecdotes that make old stories come alive.
The bewildering complexity of the cancer cell, so recently considered unassailable, yields to a more ordered picture, revealing new vulnerabilities and avenues of attack. Perhaps most exciting of all is the prospect of harnessing the human immune system to defeat cancer.
Each is a pioneer in new immunotherapy treatments, which the documentary follows as their stories unfold. Both see their advanced cancers recede and are able to resume normal lives.
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Virchow Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. Lori Wilson Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. Lori Wilson, a cancer surgeon from Howard University Hospital, is herself diagnosed with breast cancer.
She and her husband host a small gathering of family and friends, and he shaves his head along with her.
In the folklore of science, there is the often-told story of the moment of discovery: the quickening of the pulse, the spectral luminosity of ordinary facts, the overheated, standstill second when observations crystallize and fall together into patterns, like the pieces of a kaleidoscope.
The apple drops from the tree. The man jumps up from a bathtub; the slippery equation balances itself. But there is another moment of discovery — its antithesis — that is rarely recorded: the discovery of failure. It is a moment that a scientist often encounters alone. A cell once killed by a drug begins to grow back.
A child returns to the National Cancer Institute with a headache. We attend cocktail parties with Mary Lasker — , the champion fundraiser for cancer research in the midth century, or travel back to ancient Egypt to meet Atossa, one of the first cancer patients in recorded history.
Given the prevalence of different forms of cancer, the book will be of interest to anesthesiologists both as medical practitioners and as men and women who will undoubtedly face the disease personally or with loved ones.
It also provides an antidote to premature celebration, reminding us that there are still miles to go before we sleep.
The central figures in the book are Sidney Farber and Mary Lasker. About the latter, no one could quibble. She was, after all, "the fairy godmother of medical research. Nevertheless the Boston-centric focus of the author is understandable, and indeed, tremendous oncology progress has arisen from Boston labs and clinics.
Two themes of the book seemed somewhat problematic. The author deals in excruciating detail with the shortcomings of surgery, personified by the drug-addicted, obsessive-compulsive William Halsted, and with radiation therapy, where Mukherjee suggests that Henry Kaplan happened to pick the right disease Hodgkin's disease for the right therapy.
Mukherjee emphasizes the limited scope of both modalities but does not mention that surgery and radiation therapy, until the advent of adjuvant chemotherapy, had cured more cancer patients than chemotherapy ever had. It is also worth noting that these therapies have major roles in the cure of localized disease and that modern techniques have dramatically reduced the morbidity of treatment.
The other disquieting theme is highlighted in the subtitle of the book: "A Biography of Cancer. For example, in describing early leukemia work at the National Cancer Institute, he highlights the problem of central nervous system relapse in the following manner: "The leukemia, sensing an opportunity in that sanctuary, had furtively climbed in, colonizing the one place that is fundamentally unreachable by chemotherapy.
However, these two annoyances are like fleas on the hide of an elephant when balanced against all that is meritorious and enlightening within the book.