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The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
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Charles Graeber
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The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

Charles Graeber


Scribe Publications

Diseases & disorders;
Popular science;
Popular medicine & health


320 pages

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For decades, scientists have puzzled over one of medicine's greatest mysteries- why doesn't our immune system fight cancer the way it does other diseases? The answer is a series of tricks that cancer has developed to turn off normal immune responses - tricks that scientists have only recently discovered, and now are learning to defeat. We are in the midst of a revolution in our understanding of cancer and how to beat it.

Groundbreaking, riveting, and expertly told, The Breakthrough is the story of the game-changing and Nobel Prize-winning scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognise and defeat cancer, as told through the experiences of the patients, physicians, and immunotherapy researchers who are on the front lines. This is the incredible true story of the race to find a cure, and the definitive account of a historic moment in medical science.

By:   Charles Graeber
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925322484
ISBN 10:   1925322483
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charles Graeber is a former medical student, a contributing editor to Wired, and also contributes to publications such asThe New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Vogue, and many others. He has received many awards, and his work has been featured on NPR, CNN, the BBC, and numerous other media outlets.

`Only Graeber, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, could take a subject so complex, dense and sprawling and turn it into a rollicking high-tension medical thriller. Masterful.' -Douglas Rogers, award-winning journalist and author of The Last Resort `A gripping chronicle of the 100-year overnight success of immunotherapy. For myself and millions of other cancer survivors, The Breakthrough is a book of immense and essential hope.' -Michael Fitzgerald, co-founder and CEO of Submittable and author of Radiant Days `There is no villain more ruthless than cancer, which has robbed us all of loved ones who had to endure untold suffering before they succumbed. But after decades of frustration and toil, scientists finally understand how to vanquish the disease by activating the human body's natural defences. The intimate stories behind this triumph lie at the heart of Charles Graeber's The Breakthrough, an expertly crafted and exhilarating account of life-saving ingenuity at its most dazzling. You will never encounter another book so incisive about the art of medical sleuthing, or so poetic about our innate drive to hold on to all that's beautiful in this world for as long as we can.' -Brendan I. Koerner, Wired contributing editor and author of The Skies Belong to Us `Lucid and informed ... Graeber gives readers a basis for both understanding the challenges involved and for cautious optimism that a cure can be found.' -Publishers Weekly `Graeber concisely reviews the science of cancer ... The risks of tinkering with an intricate immune system are obviously high, even perilous. But the potential reward is a cure. Exciting reading.' -Booklist `Imagine a vaccine that could cure cancer. As this book reports, that possibility may not be far off ... [T]he book offers hope for more effective treatments in the near future. A readable survey of the emerging field of immunotherapy in cancer treatment.' -Kirkus `In Mr Graeber's hands, the evolution of immuno-oncology is both captivating and heartbreaking.' -David A. Shaywitz, The Wall Street Journal

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