Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies

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Magic Bullets
The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains,…
The Blind Men and the Elephant
This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a "war on cancer" by Richard Nixon in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars,…
Finding the Achilles Heel
This episode picks up the story at another moment of buoyant optimism in the cancer world: Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the…

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Part of the Series: Cancer
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The Blind Men and the Elephant
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