Cancer Chronicles Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

ISBN-10: 0307595145
ISBN-13: 9780307595140
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Authors: George Johnson
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Description: A provocative, intellectually vibrant, eloquently written look at recent advances in the war on cancer that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease-and provide hope for tomorrow and into the future.When science writer George  More...

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List price: $32.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/27/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A provocative, intellectually vibrant, eloquently written look at recent advances in the war on cancer that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease-and provide hope for tomorrow and into the future.When science writer George Johnson's wife was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, he plunged himself into a study of the disease and of the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now under way-a thrilling explosion of theories about what cancer really is and where it comes from. Here we have his luminous accounts of, among other revelations: tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body . . . paleoncologists who have found petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and human ancestors . . .  the surprising changes in science's understanding of the causes of cancer, with dietary specifics and environmental toxins taking a lesser role. The Cancer Chronicles is endlessly surprising and as radiant in its prose as it is authoritative in its eye-opening science. 

George Johnson is a science writer for the New York Times. He is a former Alicia Patterson Fellow, a finalist for the prestigious Aventis Prize, and a recipient of the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Author's Note
Jurassic Cancer
A strange fossil from Colorado
Pathology of dinosaur bones
Monster tumors
The epidemiology of extinction
Cancer in ancient beasts
Tumors in sunflowers
Fish, reptiles, and amphibians
"Why Don't All Whales Have Cancer?"
A curious law of nature
Contemplating the odds
Nancy's Story
Food pyramidology
Pascal�s wager
Folates, antioxidants, and Finnish smokers
Fruits, vegetables, and giant steaks
Carcinogenic estrogen
The real risks of cigarettes
Emanations from the earth
Cancer clusters
A worrisome lump
Nancy�s cancer
The Consolations of Anthropology
In the boneyards of Kenya
Face-to-face with Kanam man
Palaeo-Oncology
Hippocrates and the crabs
The wild beast of cancer
Metastasis in a Scythian king
Skeletons and mummies
Visions of an ancient paradise
Counting up the dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
"Large and beautifully pellucid cells"
Morbid juices
Seeds and soil
The mysteries of metastasis
A horrifying precision
The ebb and flow of lymph
The surgeon's diagnosis
Weeds from outer space
Information Sickness
Man-made mutations
Funny-looking chromosomes
"A new kind of cell"
Matter that comes alive
The Radium Girls
Coal tar and tumors
Viral invaders
Oncogenes and tumor suppressors
Cellular suicide
Intimations of immortality
A conspiracy of cells
"How Heart Cells Embrace Their Fate"
Embryos and tumors
Snail, slug, and twist
Sonic hedgehog
the Pok�mon gene
Cyclopean sheep
Holoprosencephaly
1 + 1=3
Prayers of an agnostic
An endless day at the hospital
Where Cancer Really Comes From
The surprising aftermath of Love Canal
What "environment" really means
"The Causes of Cancer"
An environmental turncoat
The carcinogens in coffee
Mitogenesis and mutagenesis
Making sense of the cancer statistics
A maverick presidential report
chapter s "Adriamycin and Posole for Christmas Eve"
Cancer cells and magnets
The penicillin of cancer
A rare kind of malignancy
Disheartening statistics
"The Median Isn't the Message"
Flying farolitos
A visit to MD Anderson
Rothko's brooding chapel
Deeper into the Cancer Cell
A physics of cancer
Epigenetic software
The stem cell conundrum
An enormous meeting in Orlando
Espresso and angiogenesis
The news from Oz
Communing with the microbiome
Beyond the double helix
Dancing at the Cancer Ball
The Metabolic Mess
Chimney sweeps and nuns
A "mysterious sympathy"
The case of the missing carcinogens
The rise and fall of vegetables
A mammoth investigation
The insulin-obesity connection
"Wounds that do not heal"
A hundred pounds of sugar
Skewing the energy equation
Gambling with Radiation
Flunking the radon test
A ubiquitous carcinogen
Down in the uranium mines
Tourism at Chernobyl
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Exhuming Curie's grave
A pocketful of radium
Robot oncologists
Relay for Life
The Immortal Demon
A flight to Boston
Stand Up to Cancer
A tale of two cousins
The return of the hedgehog
Where weird drug names come from
Waiting for super trastuzumab
Orphaned cancers
Biological game theory
Contagious cancer
Beware the Echthroi
On Microwave Mountain
Cell phones and brain waves
Is cancer here "on purpose"?
Physicists and oncologists
Snapshots of a proteome
Five crazy ideas
Mitochondria and farandolae
Maxwell's triumphant demon
Epilogue Joe's Cancer
Notes
Index

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