The First Cell by Azra Raza audiobook

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

By Azra Raza
Read by Sheherzad Raza Preisler

Recorded Books, Inc. 9781541699526
11.49 Hours 1
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A world-class oncologist's devastating and deeply personal examination of cancer We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet -- a few innovations notwithstanding -- a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost. In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Like When Breath Becomes Air, The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

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Summary

Summary

A Smithsonian Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2019

An Amazon.com Best Books of the Year Pick in Science

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Oncology and Cancer Nursing

A New York Times Pick of the Month

A BookRiot Pick of Must-Read Books on Cancer

A world-class oncologist's devastating and deeply personal examination of cancer We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet -- a few innovations notwithstanding -- a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost. In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Like When Breath Becomes Air, The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The First Cell…puts our focus where it should be: on prevention and early detection.” Gloria Steinem, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Raza asks hard questions…and she hopes to jolt people into looking for a new paradigm in the so-called war on cancer.” New York Times Book Review
“An incisive critique-cum-memoir.” Nature
“Raza has written a devastating critique of current treatments for cancer. Narrator Sheherzad Preisler, the author’s daughter, takes a deliberate, almost clinical, approach that drives the author’s message home.” AudioFile
“Intelligence, empathy, and optimism inform the argument for new research on cancer that could obviate the suffering prevalent today.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A passionate account of how humans grapple with the scourge of cancer…Showing that compassion is just as important for cancer patients as the drugs administered to them, Raza’s deeply personal work brings understanding and empathy to the fore in a way that a purely scientific explication never could.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Azra Raza

Author Bio: Azra Raza

Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong professor of medicine and the director of the MDS Center at Columbia University. In addition to publishing widely in basic and clinical cancer research, she is also the coeditor of the highly acclaimed website 3QuarksDaily.com.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 11.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English