Emperor of all maladies

Často, keď sa človek začíta do toho, čo sa píše na obale knihy, alebo v jej popise v online kníhkupectve, tak je potom z celej knižky sklamaný, lebo popis býva nezriedka zveličený. Na tejto knihe sa písalo:

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—cancerfrom its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with – and perished from – for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

Tentokrát bol popis pravdivý. Je to fascinujúca kniha a aj keď sa od nej dá odtrhúť, musíte ju čoskoro zase zobrať a pokračovať ďalej. Ja som ju kúpila ako darček, začítala som sa a k majiteľovi mohla putovať, až keď som s ňou skončila. Ak vás aspoň trochu zaujíma história rakoviny, jej súčasnosť a názor, ako by mohla vyzerať jej budúcnosť, určite si prečítajte.

Víkendové surfovanie

slovenské zdravotníctvo, a toto?

ťažké čítanie o tom, ako vyzerá dopredu prehratý boj s rakovinou

Love wasn’t something I felt anymore. It was just something I did. When I finished, I would lie next to her and use sterile cotton balls to soak up her tears. When she finally slept, I would slip out of bed and go into our closet, the most isolated room in the house. Inside, I would wrap a blanket around my head, stuff it into my mouth, lie down and bury my head in a pile of dirty clothes, and scream.

Black swan farming

if a good idea were obviously good, someone else would already have done it. So the most successful founders tend to work on ideas that few beside them realize are good. Which is not that far from a description of insanity, till you reach the point where you see results.


Štefánik Trail 2014 – začína už o pár dní; poznám dokonca dvoch  strelených, ktorí tento pretek budú bežať – jeden v rámci štafety, druhý celé sám

aj ženské lego figúrky robia zaujímavé veci

ak môžte prispieť, tak tu je dobrá vec – Human Rights in Childbirth

satirické ilustrácie – Pawel Kuczynski


woman’s cancer killed by measles virus – druhý pacient nemal také šťastie, ale myšlienka je to zaujímavá

“Thirty-six hours after the virus infusion was finished, she told me, ‘Evan has started shrinking,’” Russell said. Over the next several weeks, the tumor on her forehead disappeared completely and, over time, the other tumors in her body did, too.

Víkendové surfovanie

o dni matiek, koláčoch a genderových stereotypoch

“…šije, varí, perie, zvára, ani chvíľu nezaháľa…” recitovalo prváča, ktoré sa na ďalší deň vyskytlo v našej kuchyni – partička dievčat k nám chodí piecť koláče (som zjavne jediná, ktorá je na takúto zábavu ochotná požičať vlastnú kuchyňu). Tak som ich preskúšala. Pre začiatok “cudzie termity”. Polovica uhádla, čo je “nezaháľa”, ale viac-menej z kontextu. So “zváraním” to bolo horšie. Dosť ma šoklo, že druháčka vie, čo je zváranie kovov elektrickým oblúkom…ale ani jedna nepochopila, prečo by mali mať v kuchyni potrubie, ktoré potrebuje zaplátať.

podvod v testovaní deviatakov? treba čítať aj s diskusiou a s touto reakciou

spomalené zábery toho, ako deti ochutnávajú prvýkrát dané potraviny:

Takže na svete je 3D tlačiareň, pomocou ktorej ľudia môžu vyrábať úžasné veci. Ale nie, my budeme tlačiť zbrane (“this tool might be used to harm people”). Tú pištoľ nazvali “the Liberator”. Asi preto, že tí, čo majú svoje vlastné 3D tlačiarne sú tak veľmi utláčaní, nie?

nemám rada patriarchát

Čiže sú to také radikálne matky, zrejme také mi pristanú. Nehovorím, že nie sú tiež obetavé, ale možno mám problém zahrať matku, ktorá je vo všetkom prispôsobivá, mäkká a podriadená hlavne mužskému pokoleniu, čo sa prejavuje aj v mojom súkromí. Nemám rada prílišný patriarchát, zdá sa mi, že v dnešných časoch by už mohol byť prežitkom…


My official induction into breast cancer comes about ten days later with the biopsy, which, for reasons I cannot ferret out of the surgeon, has to be a surgical one, performed on an outpatient basis but under general anesthesia, from which I awake to find him standing perpendicular to me, at the far end of the gurney, down near my feet, stating gravely, “Unfortunately, there is a cancer.” It takes me all the rest of that drug-addled day to decide that the most heinous thing about that sentence is not the presence of cancer but the absence of me — for I, Barbara, do not enter into it even as a location, a geographical reference point. Where I once was — not a commanding presence perhaps but nonetheless a standard assemblage of flesh and words and gesture — “there is a cancer.” I have been replaced by it, is the surgeon’s implication. This is what I am now, medically speaking.

Possibly the idea is that regression to a state of childlike dependency puts one in the best frame of mind with which to endure the prolonged and toxic treatments. Or it may be that, in some versions of the prevailing gender ideology, femininity is by its nature incompatible with full adulthood — a state of arrested development. Certainly men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not receive gifts of Matchbox cars.

It was feminist health activists who led the campaign, in the seventies and eighties, against the most savage form of breast-cancer surgery — the Halsted radical mastectomy, which removed chest muscle and lymph nodes as well as breast tissue and left women permanently disabled. It was the Women’s Health Movement that put a halt to the surgical practice, common in the seventies, of proceeding directly from biopsy to mastectomy without ever rousing the patient from anesthesia.

No, this is not my sisterhood. For me at least, breast cancer will never be a source of identity or pride. As my dying correspondent Gerri wrote: “IT IS NOT O.K.!” What it is, along with cancer generally or any slow and painful way of dying, is an abomination, and, to the extent that it’s manmade, also a crime. This is the one great truth that I bring out of the breast-cancer experience, which did not, I can now report, make me prettier or stronger, more feminine or spiritual — only more deeply angry. What sustained me through the “treatments” is a purifying rage, a resolve, framed in the sleepless nights of chemotherapy, to see the last polluter, along with, say, the last smug health insurance operative, strangled with the last pink ribbon. Cancer or no cancer, I will not live that long of course. But I know this much right now for sure: I will not go into that last good night with a teddy bear tucked under my arm.

Víkendové surfovanie

tento týždeň som bola v kníhkupectve dvakrát, ale na takúto sekciu som tam nenatrafila 🙂

OK Go: Skyscrapers

fotky roku 2012

women as academic authors

Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position.

dlžíš mi – ťažké čítanie; nehovorte, že ste neboli varovaní

Students don’t often address their cancer directly, in the day-to-day of the classrooms. They write about thunderstorms, or animals, or when they’re being more serious, about family and the homes they left behind. However, conquering insurmountable odds and tricking fate are common themes. When they do write directly about their cancer, they don’t write poems, they write essays detailing their experience. Except when a child is about to die. Then they often choose poetry, they often speak directly to God.

o filme Miss Representation a sebakritike

We cannot truly reject the random fantasies of men until we fully accept the varied realities of women. With that, we can model for our daughters the self-love we so desperately want them to own.

Víkendové surfovanie

povinné čítanie na tento týždeň – takto to bolo

125 rokov zodpovednosti za špinavé prádlo


vedecké tetovania, ešte aj tu, niektoré sú ozaj dobré

mágia (od Mirečka):

toto je aj môj život (okrem tej kávy)

farmaceutická spoločnosť sťahuje antikoncepčné tabletky pre chybu vo výrobe – chvályhodné, ale vo vyhlásení píšu aj toto:

Výsledkom chyby je, že denná dávka týchto antikoncepčných tabletiek môže byť nesprávna a nechrániť ženy pred otehotnením. Táto chyba nepredstavuje žiadne okamžité zdravotné riziko.

Takže tehotenstvo (a pôrod, ktorému sa na jeho konci akosi nedá veľmi vyhnúť) nie je okamžité zdravotné riziko? A to, že sú ženy, ktoré berú antikoncepciu aj z iných dôvodov, ako je zabránenie tehotenstvu, na tých tiež nezáleží.

obrázky (od Mirečka)

ako štáty regulujú mená, ktoré môžu dať rodičia deťom

o amerických väzniciach

The Justice Department now seems to be saying that prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008, likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.

mám vaše výsledky

české dráhy zaviedli vagóny len pre ženy