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The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee

There is no doubt Siddhartha Mukherjee is a gifted storyteller who knows how to integrate history into a compelling chain of events. Like what he beautifully did in The Gene, The Emperor of All Maladies is skillfully crafted and toughed with enthusiasm.


My curiosity in the science of the genome first comes to be when I read The Gene, another book of his. I once cataloged Mukherjee’s books in the Applied History genre, the primary focus of which is envisioning the future with the logic of the past. However, his books are not like those of Jared Diamond or Yuval Noah Harari which are bountiful of discussions and visions. Mukherjee's books are rather on the history genre shelf. high-quality ones!


This book is about the dark history of cancer and human’s relentless fight against this evil. The author offers a grim judgment. That maybe cancer is a better version of ourselves.


It reminds of an author (whose name I forgot...) who refer human to cancer cells absorbing every bit of nutrition and ultimately consuming its host.


The Emperor of All Maladies is a bit difficult to read though.

Spring 2021

January 30, 2021 at 3:00:00 PM


science, history, cancer


The Emperor of All Maladies
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