The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer-from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with-and perished from-for more than five thousand years.
The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.
From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive-and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.
Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
Siddhartha Mukherjee takes the subject of much gravity, cancer with all its metastatic deadliness, and turns it into a tale of life and human ingenuity in THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. Mukherjee introduces figures from ancient history who confronted the disease, as well as contemporary medical researchers who pushed forward the leaps in understanding its causes in the genetics era, plus patients struggling with their own treatment and uncertainty for the future. The result is not an investigation of a biological pathology, but what the author calls "a biography of cancer." Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book and by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2010.
- Medical, Health + Wellness
- History, Diseases / Cancer, Nursing / Oncology + Cancer, Oncology
- November 16, 2010
- November 16, 2010
- Siddhartha Mukherjee