The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery by George Johnson

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Read The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery Online Free - When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease.

Deftly excavating and illuminating decades of investigation and analysis, he reveals what we know and don’t know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. We follow him as he combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments, and scientific hypotheses—rooted in every discipline from evolutionary biology to game theory and physics. Cogently extracting fact from a towering canon of myth and hype, he describes tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science’s comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them, jujitsu-like, against the body.

Throughout his pursuit, Johnson clarifies the human experience of cancer with elegiac grace, bearing witness to the punishing gauntlet of consultations, surgeries, targeted therapies, and other treatments. He finds compassion, solace, and community among a vast network of patients and professionals committed to the fight and wrestles to comprehend the cruel randomness cancer metes out in his own family. For anyone whose life has been affected by cancer and has found themselves asking why?, this book provides a new understanding. In good company with the works of Atul Gawande, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Abraham Verghese, The Cancer Chronicles is endlessly surprising and as radiant in its prose as it is authoritative in its eye-opening science. 

Title : The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
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ISBN : 0307595145
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


K. Bird rated it ★★★★★

October 20, 2013

I am now a month out from finishing surgery/chemo/radiation for invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast. I am reading a bunch of memoirs and more scientific books (best one before this so far is Emperor of Maladies) trying to get a scientific and historical perspective on a disease that has...

Yomna rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

بداخل جسدي، توجد عشرة تريليونات خلية (عفاريت ماكسويل الصغيرة هذه) تقاتل الانهيار نفسه الذي لا مفر منه تجاه الإنتروبيا. من الغريب أن نفكر في أنه بداخل كل منها تحدث كثير من الأشياء - والتي لا تدركها العين. لا تعلم الخلية بامتلاكها للـDNA، أو الـRNA، أو التيلوميرات أو المتقدرات؛ ولا تعرف أن الأدينو...

Mal rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 06, 2017

A story already told better If you’re looking for an introduction to the painful subject of cancer — its history, its origins, and the efforts of science to combat it — I suggest you read the authoritative and compelling book, The Emperor of All Maladies, by the oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. Th...

Deirdre rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2014

This was one of the easiest books on cancer for me to read. I found it informative and in certain ways comforting. The concept that there's more cancer these days because we're not dying from other diseases and that there are dinosaur skeletons with signs of cancer. I was a cancer patient, I was l...

David rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 02, 2015

This book is the equivalent of talking to your teenage son (minus the technical jargon): So, Junior, how was school today? I don’t know. Do you have any homework? I don’t know. The author seemed almost curmudgeonly gleeful that cancer’s causes are mostly unknown and scornful of the fundraising effor...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2014

From prehistoric times to current developments, Johnson surveys the phenomenon of cancer, all along blending personal anecdote with cutting-edge research. He started his journey into cancer when his wife, Nancy, was diagnosed with a rare uterine variety. He took it as an opportunity not just for...

Torytory rated it ★★★★★

September 29, 2013

This book is a refreshing detour from the ubiquitous "let's cure cancer" mindset. It explores different theories about how and why we get cancer and why it might just be inevitable and impossible to cure. While this may sound rather negative and hopeless, I actually found it to be a relief. Those...

Jose rated it ★★★★☆

October 02, 2016

Written when motivated by a personal tragedy the author makes a brief biography of cancer fron tumors in the bones of dinosaurs 150 million years ago to to day and explains the last theories and treatments in chemoterapy,the last drugs, and radioterapy. He explains as the mutations of certain gene...

Mustafa rated it ★★★☆☆

February 15, 2016

لا يهتم السرطان بما إن كنت ذكيا أم لا ولا يهتم ان كنت جميلا ومتعلما أم لا ولا يتهم ان كنت ذا مكانة في المجتمع ام لا هل الفكرة ان السرطان مكتسب ام تنتجه الخلايا هل تناول الفواكه والخضروات تقينا من الإصابة بالسرطان هل التدخين والمسكرات تسرع الإصابة به ليس هناك دراسات واثقة من ذلك يجب التعامل مع السرك...

Mr 8 rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2016

واحد من افضل الكتب التي كتبت عن مرض السرطان و تاريخه تجربة مو غريبة علي، فا من الطبيعي انه يحوز الكتاب على الاهتمام و التعاطف مع المحاربون الذين يدخلون الحرب مع عدو خفي من غير سابق انذار تحية لهم على شجاعتهم.

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