Because many of us, myself included, are touched by cancer, reading this book is a glimpse into our own evolution and development. The author provides the reader with a history of not only cancer the disease but also cancer as a touchpoint in human history. The boundless determination of generations of scientiests, healers and humanitaries to understand, treat and cure cancer is fascinating. Once I began this book I could not turn loose of it and found myself sneaking moments in my day to continue to read/listen. The narrator is perfect, slightly clinical and also soothing and compassionate. I recommend this book to audible.com subscribers.
This book masterfully recounts the "biography" of Cancer. In the process, the author does a wonderful job detailing the rise of modern medicine and, most importantly, the rise of modern medical thinking. These last points mean that, in my opinion, it should be ready by everyone, especially anyone in the medical profession. The author does a good job of carefully explaining complex and abstract processes and by the end of this book, the reader will have a much better understanding of medicine, biology, and the institutions and forces that so greatly move modern medicine. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I thought the narration a bit too breathless and dramatic. At times, this worked, but the narrator keeps it up during the entire book and I found it occasionally irksome.
I loved this book because it was a well-crafted history of not only cancer but medical advancements over the past ~150 years. I am a pharmacist so much of the medical jargon was already part of my vernacular. However, I think that even a lay person would find this book interesting and understandable. The narrative was well written and the narrator was very pleasant to listen to.
This book takes the story of science's battle with cancer, and tells it in narrative form.
Gripping, dramatic, narrative form.
This book has everything you would ever want to know about cancer and more. I am a physician and found it exceedingly detailed, full of facts, and sometimes hard to follow. If it were not being read to me, I am sure that I would never have finished it. That being said, I still would recommend it for anyone with an interest in cancer. By the end, you will be all too well informed...and probably very upset.
This is simply the story of cancer, full of anecdotes, intrigue, discovery and history. It is a book with great flow, which gets into fascinating detail without ever getting bogged down in them. The story gets into the minds of oncologists, both past and present, and shows how far we've come while humbly noting how far cancer still looms over us.
Rarely write reviews. I listened to the entire book. I found someone wrote this book who has no empathy for the human beings that suffer from cancer. An attempt to be funny and flighty and oh how wonderous our cancer cure journey has been... seriously why not take this seriously? Because it is a 1 trillion dollar industry. There are cures and treatments that work. The problem is that people like this author and the FDA and the Cancer Institute and Big Pharma will never let those treatments see the the light of day. One word: Burzynski, watch the just released movie and weep. This is the most important story of cancer you will ever read, not this book.
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I consider this book as a book of the year for me. A LOT OF information and real-world stories. A+ !
I work in a Cancer Center, and am helping a parent through chemo right now, and thus I hesitated to get this book, but am glad I did. Some parts, such as the first use of chemo on leukemia are incredible, and are a perfect image of how research works. The part where the first researcher to actually cure patients with chemo gets fired by the NCI is a perfect image of how research administrators work. Some of the later chapters on genetics get a bit dense, but the authors approach holds it together. Recommended for anyone dealing with cancer in their family, or anyone trying to understand why we have not conquered this diseases as we have others.