The Resource The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery, George Johnson, (electronic resource)

The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery, George Johnson, (electronic resource)

Label
The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery
Title
The cancer chronicles
Title remainder
unlocking medicine's deepest mystery
Statement of responsibility
George Johnson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
aWhen 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
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952 January 20-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, George
Dewey number
616.99/4
Index
index present
LC call number
RC268.48
LC item number
.J64 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Biology
  • HISTORY
  • Oncology
Label
The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery, George Johnson, (electronic resource)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=8B60474B-61F2-43B1-B75D-3783653C37FF
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-268) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jurassic cancer -- Nancy's story -- The consolations of anthropology -- Invasion of the body snatchers -- Information sickness -- "How heart cells embrace their fate" -- Where cancer really comes from -- "Adriamycin and posole for Christmas Eve" -- Deeper into the cancer cell -- The metabolic mess -- Gambling with radiation -- The immortal demon -- Beware the echthroi -- Joe's cancer
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 284 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385349710
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)857709207
Label
The cancer chronicles : unlocking medicine's deepest mystery, George Johnson, (electronic resource)
Link
http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=8B60474B-61F2-43B1-B75D-3783653C37FF
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-268) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jurassic cancer -- Nancy's story -- The consolations of anthropology -- Invasion of the body snatchers -- Information sickness -- "How heart cells embrace their fate" -- Where cancer really comes from -- "Adriamycin and posole for Christmas Eve" -- Deeper into the cancer cell -- The metabolic mess -- Gambling with radiation -- The immortal demon -- Beware the echthroi -- Joe's cancer
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 284 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385349710
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)857709207

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