Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: The Emperor of All Maladies

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee p. 24

"In 1899, when Roswell Park, a well-known Buffalo surgeon, had argued that cancer would someday overtake smallpox, typhoid fever, and tuberculosis to become the leading cause of death in the nation, his remarks had been perceived as a rather 'startling prophecy,' the hyperbolic speculations of a man who, after all, spent his days and nights operating on cancer. But by the end of decade, Park's remarks were becoming less and less startling, and more and more prophetic by the day."

In fact as you can probably guess, it took far less than 100 years for his prophecy to come true. In only 25 years, cancer was the #2 killer, behind only heart failure. Partly this was due to a reduction of deaths due to the three previous winners, which were beaten by good hygiene, clean water, and vaccines. But the rise in cancer deaths was astronomical in the same time period.

5 comments:

Kristin said...

What an interesting read...looking forward to reading your review!

My teaser can be found here.

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful teaser!

Here is my Teaser Tuesday: Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquhar

Moonlight Gleam said...

Great teaser!! I haven't heard of this one yet. Thank you for sharing!


My Teaser

Brenna said...

I've heard really good things about this book. Lately I have added a lot of non-fiction books to my TBR wishlist (which normally isn't the case) and this was one of them.

BLHmistress said...

I haven't read a good historical fiction in awhile I think this will be one of them.

Teaser Tuesday