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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 50 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.

©2019 Azra Raza (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Earlina Green
  • 16-09-2020

Unreal

When my mother was diagnosed with inflammatory Breast cancer in March of 2019 the rugged was pulled out from underneath me. That first appointment stung. The diagnosis left me with knots in my stomach. I knew based on the size, the time that had past from my moms original discovery of the mass, to it’s leaking from her breast that she was not in for a battle but slow churn toward death. I wish I had Raza’s book during my long walk alongside my mother. This boon would have provided great perspective and understanding throughout the process. My mother passed away eighteen months later. The first cell has given great comfort to know that i did what any daughter or friend would have done: I listened, fought for and with, and held her hand until the end. I could do nothing more.

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  • Michael Shmilovich
  • 22-01-2020

Book great, narration terrible

Whoever the narrator is has a high pitched nasal voice that makes this recorded book as unpleasant to listen to as nails on a chalkboard

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  • Santiago R.
  • 09-08-2021

Felt like a high school essay

Too much focus on a good sounding prose. Too many quotes from poets and other literary references. Did not enjoy the Hindi readouts, as well as their translations. Felt more like a high school essay than an actual non-fiction science book.

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  • Katherine Doeden
  • 20-03-2021

Story good, narration not so much

The book is really good but the narrator mispronounced many words including even basic ones like lymphocytic. It was very distracting for me. Maybe get a narrator who knows medical words?

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  • Cristina De Brigard
  • 01-02-2020

Hope someone is listening

One can only hope someone making the necessary decisions is listening and does what's right

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