Book Reviews

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

File:The Emperor of all Maladies.jpgWhile I admittedly did not read this book, I did listen to it – largely during hours of immunofluorescence  microscopy. The combined force of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s prose and Fred Sanders’ narrative prowess had me hooked. In The Emperor of All Maladies, Mukherjee tells a multifaceted story. He conveys a detailed history of the study and treatment of cancer and its victims. He tells us the stories of the individuals who advanced or otherwise impacted the progression of cancer biology and how they came to do so. He also proffers deeply personal accounts of his own life as an oncologist and cancer researcher as a framework to support the rest of the book. The Emperor of All Maladies offers a well detailed history of cancer, accessible to anyone with an interest in medical history. This book will have you oscillating between melancholy and swelling pride and you will never be more thrilled to be learning about the discovery of reverse transcription.