Questa bellissima "biografia del cancro" ha già ricevuto lodi e riconoscimenti di ogni genere in tutto il mondo, perciò è perfettamente inutile che mi ci metta pure io. Ci tengo solo a precisare che se "manca" una stella è perché in questo excursus dall'antico Egitto fino ai giorni nostri la scena è occupata al 99,99 per cento dalla ricerca medico-biologica-farmaceutica americana, mentre forse sarebbe stato interessante anche capire che cosa succede/succedeva nel resto del mondo e quali contributi sono arrivati da altri paesi, che non sempre, credo, sono rimasti con le mani in mano....Continua
This pulitzer winner has taken me a whole quarter to finish. Frankly, it is a heavy one, not only in physical sense but the profundity of the contents. The history of cancer is much longer than we imagined, and the 'war' to conquest, finding the cure, was terribly bloody. Dr. Mukherjee has told this epic story so vividly, as well as rhetorically, offering his reader a lifelike sense of pains and gains throughout the 'war'....Continua
If you are afraid of something, I think the best strategy is to face it, and learn as much as you can about it.
Cancer is such a horrible disease, where 1/4 of the whole population will get cancer in their life.
What is even more scaring is that the treatment is so toxic, so merciless.... and sometimes the cancer patients think the treatement is even more horrible than cancer itself.
This is a book about the past, present and future of cancer.
It tells us why this nortourious chemotherapy was invented. At desperation, any treatment, even if we have no idea on the causes of cellular basis of cancer, the doctor still wanna try chemotherphy since it could save the patient, even if just temporarily for a few months, or a few weeks.
And as of the recent breakthrough, cancer is essentially a genetic related disease. There are some genes and in average 13 pathway that give rise of cancers.... all kinds of cancers. There are some blocking medicine that can help to block these out-of-the-way gene from working. So stop some cancer, but not all.
Maybe one day, there will be the universal cure for cancer. But cancer is definitely the emperor of all maladies.... and won't have quick and easy solution.
BTW, I thought the author is a woman until he mentioned his wife! He is very empathetic to the patient. I am sure he has a tough time, since it is such a struggle and most of his patient died....Continua