The Emperor of All Maladies
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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Winner of the 2011 Guardian First Book Award Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in Lice for the 2011 Duff Cooper Prize in Lice for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize To The Emperor of All Diseases, Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a precision cell biologist from anThe result is surprisingly lucid and eloquent chronic of a human disease have lived with – and lost – for over five thousand years.The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance, but also of pride, arrogance and misperception, all leveraged against a disease, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily defeated in a war against cancer”.Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, the formation of their intelligence against an infinitely ingenious adversaryFrom Persia, from Queen Atossa, whose Greek, slave cut off her malignant breast, from the nineteenth century recipient of the primitive radiotherapy and chemotherapy and Mukherjee’s own patient leukemia, Carla, The Emperor of All Diseases, these are the people who persevered through toxic, bruising, and drainage diets to surviveRiveting and Magesterial, The Emperor of All Diseases provides a fascinating insight into the future of cancer treatments and a brilliant new perspective on how physicians, scientists, philosophers and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.
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