Azra Raza with LeRoy Hood
From stories we’ve heard, Azra Raza is someone who has helped many others not only in their work as medical practitioners, professors and students, as Chan Soon-Shiong professor of medicine and the director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, but helped guide a good number of books on cancer by others into being. Now, her own book is in the world, and what a book it is. The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last (Basic Books) is a book about cancer, how it is lived with, how death still occurs all too often. It’s a book with a basis in both Dr. Raza’s distinguished career, and in her life, as her husband would succumb to leukemia, very best care notwithstanding.
"When the history of cancer is eventually written, Azra Raza's book will be one of the touchstones that illuminated the path to victory." ―Amanda Foreman.
"An elegantly conceived, powerfully written, and far-reaching book that will change the conversation around cancer for decades to come."―Siddhartha Mukherjee.
"Azra Raza is famed as a titan in the field of oncology. Perhaps less well-known is that she is a sensitive and passionate writer as well. In The First Cell she combines the scientific and the human, medicine and the arts, to give us a unique view into something that touches all of our lives -- offering us reasons for hope, and reasons also for sorrow."―Mohsin Hamid.
Also of note, in addition to her writing and teaching on oncology, Dr. Raza is a translator, with Sara Suleri Goodyear, from the Urdu, of ghazals by the great 19th-century poet Ghalib.
In conversation with LeRoy Hood, MD, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder, and Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology. He has made many seminal discoveries in the fields of immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology and biotechnology, and has been a leader in the development of systems biology and its applications to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
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