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The Emperor of Maladies : A Biography of Cancer (English)

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The Emperor of Maladies : A Biography of Cancer (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 780

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is Siddhartha Mukherjee’s most famous work, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2011. The book is a profound account of cancer and the human’s relentless fight against it. It is the perspective of a doctor, a researcher and an award-winning science writer, along with a cellular biologist’s meticulousness, a historian’s outlook, and the passion of a biographer.

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The Emperor of All Maladies is an astoundingly eloquent and stirring record of a disease that humans have perished from and lived with, for over five thousand years. It is the story of human inventiveness, resilience and constant diligence. It is also a poignant narration of excessive pride, egotism and misunderstanding, leveraged against a disease that was believed to be beaten just three decades ago. Siddhartha Mukherjee describes discoveries, obstacles, triumphs and losses from centuries - from the days of Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave had to cut off her breast, to the nineteenth-century beneficiary of nascent radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Mukherjee also tells us the story of his own leukaemia patient, Carla, along with other people who have soldiered through all the noxious, hurting, and strenuous systems, tests and treatments to survive. The book also offers a quick look into the prospects of cancer treatments. All in all, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a new, well-informed perspective on the way scientists, doctors, philosophers and common people have studied and understood the human body and the diseases it is sensitive to, for eons.

About Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a world-famous cancer physician and researcher. He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. A Rhodes Scholar, he completed his studies at the Stanford University, the University of Oxford, and the Harvard Medical School. He was a Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and also the Harvard Medical School. He is the esteemed assistant professor of medicine at the Columbia University and a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. His highly acclaimed articles are published in the prestigious journals including Nature, The New York Times, Neuron, New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and The New Republic.

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Publisher HarperCollins India
ISBN-10 0007428057
Award Year 2011
Number of Pages 571 Pages
Publication Year 2010
Language English
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
ISBN-13 9780007428052
Binding Paperback
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Authored By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Author Info M.D., Ph.D., is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and from Harvard Medical School and was a Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, The New York Times and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
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Reviews of The Emperor of Maladies : A Biography of Cancer (English) (Paperback)

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Ankur Priyadarshan

Aug 22, 2014

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An excellent book for people who want to know about this disease

This book is an excellent read and would be equally appealing to the medical fraternity as well as the non-medical people who would like to know more about this disease. I am not sure if any other author has been able to write anything on a subject as glum as cancer in a more engrossing and interest… (View complete review)
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Anubhav G

Jun 9, 2014

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Insightful text

I would like to congratulate Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee for his award winning book. This book gives a detailed description about the past, present and the future of the malady. The composition of the book brings out what Dr. Mukherjee was looking out while penning down. The quotations given out at the… (View complete review)
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Venkatesh Vartakavi

Jun 8, 2014

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Reads well, Informative

Very well written book. Reads like a story and not like a text book, but very informative all the same. Could not put it down. The ending is a bit tame and sudden - I expected it to go on....Vastly improves your knowledge of cancer and how its treatment evolved over the years. I lost two of my f… (View complete review)
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G S Marjara

May 28, 2014

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Cancer was never explained before

Cancer, one world that chills the spine of any one. This is the greatest biography of cancer. It took me long to read in order to understand so minor details.
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PRAKASH YADAV

May 24, 2014

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Everything you want to know about cancer.

A great reference book for any one who wants to understand this scourage of humanity-a must read for in depth knowledge about cancer,its causes,failed & attempted cures and the account of victims.It was enlighting and satisfying

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Mar 6, 2012

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Cancer - everything you wanted to know

When I first heard about Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Emperor of Maladies, I avoided the book as it is all about cancer. I have a personal reason for this. I saw at close quarters my own father suffer and succumb to this dreaded disease in 1975.
I subsequently heard that this book also won Guardian first book prize. I had second thoughts. There must be something in this book. A book that may be just for medical students cannot win Pulitzer.
I read the book and I have only superlatives in praise of the book.
What is cancer? What causes it? Virus? Hereditary? Infection? Genetic disorder?
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Nithyanand Rao

Jul 29, 2012

Monumental. Epic.

There's not much I can say that hasn't been said already. The amount of research that has gone into this work of great scholarship is immense. Every story, every fact, every anecdote is meticulously footnoted and referenced.

Dr. Mukherjee approaches the dreaded disease from multiple angles at multiple levels and somehow manages to come up with a beautifully written, wonderfully coherent, at times magical, literary blockbuster. I liked the historical overview he provides, putting everything in context. Paced just right, it reads like a gripping novel--only terribly true.

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Srikanth Moorthy

Sep 27, 2011

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Great Book

As a doctor I approached the book with some trepidation. Did not want a more than necessary melodramatic account. However the book strikes a great balance between `experience` of cancer and the science. It is so packed with information that I wondered whether it can be assimilated by anyone other than a doctor. On the other hand it is written so well that anyone with an interest in cancer, medicine, popular science or even an oncologist (!) would find it absorbing.
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Namrata Srivastava

Sep 30, 2012

Stunning!!!

What a book! Excellence! You would fall in love with cancer while reading this book. And the quality of research and facts will surprise you beyond imagination. Writer has interconnected distant points extremely well creating a huge picture about everything and anything happening in Cancer across the world. I think the book is a must read for everyone, esp. non medicos.

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Sreekumar ThekkeVeettil

Jul 17, 2012

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A Must Read book

This is not a book. It is really a life saver, an intangible asset that one can carry throughout the life.
Hardwork, passion, determination, philanthropy, and what other, this has all sorts of a quality described for a human being's character.
The author has written well and in simple words easily digestable for a reader.
I recommend this book as a "must have" amongst your library.
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Achyut Bihani

Jul 5, 2012

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Solid Read

Great flow, a clinical as well as human description of a disease whose horror cannot be measured in numbers. The author presents enough statistics as well as stories of people who fought with, and lost/won against the Disease.

However, the author could have focused more on non-USA cases as well (in the disease's recent history, almost all the examples considered are from the USA)

All in all, it's a great primer for anyone who is interested in finding out more about cancer.
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Ameya Chumbhale

Mar 20, 2012

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Doctor's work for a layman

please don't get intimidated by Dr Mukherjee's degrees and experience. He has written this book keeping the layman too in mind. It is a great narrative of cancer's history, with necessary names and dates. The only thing to be desired is better timeline as you may get confused at some points. It is a must read so as to know how some doctors have toiled to find a remedy for cancer. Invest your time in it, returns are assured.
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Vijai Kumar Gupta

Feb 1, 2012

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An excellent book both for Healer and layman

I could not put it down till I finished the book.Being a physician involved with cancer care and having a deep interest in the history of medicine added to my decision in picking up the book.It is a well researched book with complete bibliography yet interesting due to excellent narrative.The author himself is a cancer expert and keeping in view of mixed readership ,he has been elaborate at places.I have discussed the book with several peers and in fact gifted few copies.
I congratulate Siddhartha for this wonderful book ,I liked his summery at the end which states the limitations of medica
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SS Anirudh

Feb 1, 2012

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Must Read for any one-READ IT IMMEDIATELY

A page turner,with lots of interesting details about king of all maladies.Siddhartha has churned out an masterpiece.Non fiction lovers will truly enjoy this informative epic.Feels like i should have taken medical stream after reading this, such interest it creates in anyone.Author has made all the topics readable to non medical persons with no heavy technical jargon..its a Must Read
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Nikhil Sharma

Jul 22, 2012

A Book humble enough to downlplay its own success

This book charts the history of cancer treatments - right from the time of Persian queens to the very recent ones. And Mr. Mukherjee does it with a sense of detachment - though he himself has been treating a lot of his patients using techniques mentioned in the pages. The story begins with one of his patient's worsening conditions and ends with that patient becoming better. But what lies between is the crux of the matter. How doctors, chemists and the like have persevered over decades if not centuries in the modern medicinal world to uproot cancer without knowing how it is caused is amusing ye
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