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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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.”

Prologue

Part One: “Of blacke cholor, without boyling”

Part Two: An Impatient War

Part Three: “Will you turn me out if I can’t get better?”

Part Four: Prevention Is the Cure

Part Five: “A Distorted Version of Our Normal Selves”

Part Six: The Fruits of Long Endeavors

Atossa’s War

Notes

Glossary

Selected Bibliography