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Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer (Macmillan Science) [Hardcover]

Robin Hesketh
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7 Jun 2012 Macmillan Science
Despite the medical advances of the last century, the science behind cancer and its treatment remains a mystery to many people. In Betrayed by Nature, Robin Hesketh provides a concise and comprehensive history of both the science and the medical advances. It is also an illuminating look at the future of one of the world's oldest killers.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230338488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230338487
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] delight...because of the overall excellence of this work, it is a 'must read' for anyone who wishes to update his knowledge of this disease...Essential."--"Choice""Thoroughly informative and highly enjoyable to read."--"The Biologist""An informative, optimistic tour of the science of cancer . . . a solid account of how cancer works, how it has been combated and what the future holds for its treatment." -- "Kirkus Reviews""Dr. Hesketh brings an expert's easy familiarity and depth to this comprehensive, at times almost affectionate, look at a deadly adversary. He tells us what cancer is, what causes it, what we can do to prevent it and how we are systematically battling the disease on many fronts. "-- William Hanson, MD, author of "The Edge of Medicine""In "Betrayed by Nature", Robin Hesketh melds medicine, science and history to create a clear and highly readable explanation of the complexities of cancer."--John P. Moore, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College

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The history of the scientific advances in our battle against cancer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is written for an audience who does not have a medical or scientific background, and breaks cancer down to easily digestible chunks which makes it thoroughly enjoyable. It's a great book that everyone who has an interest in understanding the disease that effects so many of our friends and relatives needs to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 29 May 2012
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I have cancer and wanted to understand what exactly was going on in my unruly body. This book is truly fascinating. It is strange to say but I am really enjoying it and can't put it down! I had no interest in any of this stuff at school and failed my biology o level, and yet I can follow the themes in this book really well. It is so well written, with vast information conveyed in a witty and engaging style. There can't be many books out there which manage to amuse and inform on such a terrifying subject. As 1 in 3 of us will get cancer, and we all must know someone who has it, this book is a MUST BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayed by nature... 6 Aug 2012
Excellent, insightful Popular Science book from a scientist with the rare ability to communicate effectively with both his colleagues and the layperson (the intended audience) without patronising either community (too much)! A terrific historical account of the way our understanding of the processes underlying cancer developed in the era of modern research, how diverse forms of cancer arise, what is currently done to treat the disease, and what might be done in the future. There is a gap between the strictly molecular textbook, that can be completely inaccessible to the reader lacking a science degree, and the sufferer's accounts of their personal experiences of cancer. This book fills that gap and demystifies the disease: providing molecular detail that IS accessible, and reducing the demon of cancer to manageable proportions, above all showing that cancer can be understood. Betrayed by Nature explains why treating cancers is so difficult, but it offers the promise that with understanding will come novel treatments and taming of the disease.
A must-read for all prospective medical and biological science students and anyone else touched by the disease who wants to know more. (This should include both experienced scientists and many oncologists, who might be surprised by how much they will learn.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend! 12 July 2012
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I read a lot of science books (and am a scientist myself) but this one really stands out from the rest. The author is a biochemist of some repute, he really knows his stuff and it shows. A wide variety of topics are covered and many complex interactions are explained in an easy to follow manner and each section builds nicely on what followed before. While after some parts you might question the authors writing style you will then suddenly realise that he has taught you a heck of a lot about molecular biology without you even realising. The information covered and the style it is conveyed make this book useful for anybody with even the remotest interest in molecular biology and/or cancer, from GCSE students to cancer specialists: yes it is that good. You won't regret reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read - recommended for all 12 Jun 2012
I survived bowel cancer four years ago, and came through the experience without really understanding what the disease involved. I work in a bank and have no science background at all, but bought this book hoping that I could learn a little bit about the disease I had suffered from. I thought that it might be a bit of a bore, but was pleasantly surprised at what an easy read it was. The disease explained everything about the disease that I could have wanted to know, without losing me at any point. Some of the more complicated sciencey bits take a little time to digest, but these are few and far between and, considering the difficult concepts, are explained with great clarity. Many parts of the book, had me laughing out loud, which I didn't think was possible when considering the subject matter. Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone from any background, as it is important that people know about this disease that affects all of our lives.
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