The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

Author(s): George Johnson

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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 underway - 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: tumours that evolve like alien creatures inside the body ...palaeontologists who have found petrified tumours 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 will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease - and provide hope for tomorrow and into the future.


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A vibrantly informative and provocative look at the war against cancer - from the age of dinosaurs through to today and beyond.

"Compact, elegant...gripping... Everyone who is concerned about cancer - that is every thinking adult - should read The Cancer Chronicles" -- Charles C. Mann "Rich and sweeping...this is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, which is just about everyone" -- Barbara Ehrenreich

George Johnson is a science-writer for the New York Times and has also had work published in Scientific America, Time, Slate and Wired and in the collection The Best American Scientific Writing. His blog, The Cancer Chronicles, can be found at

General Fields

  • : 9781847921673
  • : Vintage
  • : The Bodley Head Ltd
  • : August 2013
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : George Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.9940072
  • : 304