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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.539

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.

Summary of the Book

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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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... Read More

Book Details
Publisher HarperCollins India
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9780007428052
ISBN-10 0007428057
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 571 Pages
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
Award Year 2011
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rao dvc
06 Mar 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? So...
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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? So...
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? Some poisonous chemicals? Or just an unresolved mystery?
Finally is cancer curable? Preventable?
Read on. You will get all the answers.

5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
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Nithyanand Rao
29 Jul 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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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.

My only minor quib...
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.

My only minor quibble is that the last few pages seem hastily written and rather shoddily edited. And he sometimes uses too many adjectives. But that's a minor issue, easily swept aside. This book will inform you, enlighten you, engage you, entertain you, make you laugh and cry, and make you a better person. No, I'm not joking.

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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Srikanth Moorthy
27 Sep 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.

2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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Namrata Srivastava
30 Sep 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.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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Nikhil Sharma
22 Jul 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... ()

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...
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 yet threatening. A very well written and grasping book by the doctor. No wonder that it won the Pulitzer.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.

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Anubhav G
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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... (View complete review)

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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 m... (View complete review)

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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. (View complete review)

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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 (View complete review)

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Writing an interesting book on cancer is not easy

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