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The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer

By Siddhartha Mukherjee
16-minute read
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies is an informative look at the deadly disease that has affected millions. Cancer is one of the greatest challenges facing medical science today, and this book gives us a rare opportunity to learn about every aspect of it – its causes, its astonishing biological processes and our ever-changing fight against it, from the past to the present day.

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“This might seem like an odd pick for a favorite book-in-blinks, but bear with me. We all know cancer as a horrendous disease, however, I had never fully understood exactly what happens in the body when cancer forms and spreads, and why it is so devastating. The blinks to Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book helped me gain a much better understanding of this.”

– Therese, Video Producer at Blinkist

  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and wants a fuller picture of the illness
  • Anyone interested in the history of cancer therapy
  • Anyone interested in the biology of cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born cancer physician and pioneering researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from the University of Oxford, Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, has published numerous scientific papers and is the recipient of the prestigious NIH Challenge Grant for his research on stem cells. The Emperor of All Maladies is his first book, and won several major awards in 2011, including the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the Guardian First Book Award. Recently, Mukherjee was awarded the Padma Shri – one of the highest civilian awards given the Indian government.

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