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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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With The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee takes his readers through and extraordinary voyage of discovery of the most feared disease of many ages gone and ages to come. The artistry of the Pulitzer prize winning author lies in his art of merging medical lingo with common man's perspective language. One moment he would speak as the oncologist  Siddhartha Mukherjee, the other moment he is just a common man, speaking out and deriving situations to a common solution to a common thought about this commonest and commonly  dreaded disease of all time.

 

The Emperor of All Maladies is brewed well to perfection in senses of style, method, narration. The sole reason why The Emperor of All Maladies makes such a gripping read is due to the chosen subject matter – Cancer. Cancer being one of the most dreaded diseases of the century is often treated as a taboo and a fatal curse. Most of us are not fully aware of the causes of this disease. Dr. Mukherjee's biography o f the disease is informative, interesting and perspective.  The  novel  does not have a geeky approach, although the medical terms do make it little alien to the readers but it is in fact to be kept in mid by the readers that the author is an oncologist. Mukherjee shares with us his experiences of watching his patients. Each name, each situation, each experience adds up to the pain and pathos. Please do not misjudge the book to be a sad journal of a doctor on cancer research. This book did not win the Pulitzer prize, 2011 in the name of pseudo-intellectuality. As a matter of fact this book won the prize for the very humane way of portraying mankind's epic battle with this curse called cancer over centuries gone and centuries to come. The book is profound and written with a historian, biologist and biographer's perspective, all at the same time.

 

 

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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

MRP: Rs. 499.00

Our Price Rs. 399.20

 
 

The book is not just the story of Cancer but the great story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance to battle it, but also of hubris, paternalism, and mis-perception  and misconception that surrounds it. The author takes the readers through centuries of discoveries about this curse, setbacks faced by mankind against it, several victories that has helped us take leads, and deaths to mourn about. Decades have passed yet this terrible monster's appetite seems to remain ever so insatiable. Mukherjee recounts his biography of cancer 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.

Do not judge this book by its cover. The Emperor of All Maladies is the most humanely poignant biography of the monstrous disease, Cancer and humankind's loss and victory against it in the past decade and present. Buy this book not for the purpose of keeping an award winning book on your bookshelf but for the sake of understanding this curse and for some quality reading.

 

 

 
Anand Giridharadas


Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.

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