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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.
|Number of Pages||571 Pages|
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize Winner|
|Authored By||Siddhartha Mukherjee|
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 Fell...View More
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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Jun 1, 2015
Dec 22, 2014
A comprehensive coverage on Cancer.
Aug 22, 2014
An excellent book for people who want to know about this disease
Jun 9, 2014
Jun 8, 2014
Reads well, Informative
Mar 6, 2012
Cancer - everything you wanted to knowWhen I first heard about Siddhartha Mukherjeeâs 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.
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.
Sep 27, 2011
Great BookAs 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.
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.
Jul 17, 2012
A Must Read bookThis is not a book. It is really a life saver, an intangible asset that one can carry throughout the life.
Jul 5, 2012
Solid ReadGreat 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.
Mar 20, 2012
Doctor's work for a laymanplease 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.
Vijai Kumar Gupta
Feb 1, 2012
An excellent book both for Healer and laymanI 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.
Feb 1, 2012
Must Read for any one-READ IT IMMEDIATELYA 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
Jul 22, 2012
A Book humble enough to downlplay its own successThis 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… (Expand)