Friday, February 17, 2012

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

     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. I was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed the book from cover to cover.  A riveting read that will please both medical and non-medical related readers.  A book I will keep on the shelf to read again in the future.  Dr. Mukherjee undertook an enormous endeavor to capture the history of oncology as a mere fellow and is fully deserving of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.