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Cancer documentary featuring Hopkins takes risks, reaps rewards
Cancer documentary featuring Hopkins takes risks, reaps rewards

"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" is one of the biggest, boldest, bravest and, ultimately, most inspiring documentaries I have ever seen. Set in large part at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, the PBS film from producer Ken Burns and director Barak Goodman is big, at an estimated cost of $13 million, and bold in taking on nothing less than the history of cancer and research efforts to conquer the deadly disease from the Middle Ages on. But what makes this production so daring, inspirational and worthy of six prime-time hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are the personal stories Goodman and his team found at Hopkins among the patients, family members, doctors, nurses...

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