The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee was one of the first books I read about cancer research, and it left a lasting impression on me. I read it around the time when I started my Co-op placement at BC Cancer last May, and not only is it well written, it also provides an integrative “biography” of cancer to the reader (would recommend!). I was fortunate enough to see him speak at the tail end of my Co-op placement, where he announced that his book was being made into a documentary. The way he views cancer is very unique, as a someone rather than a something, which I think inspires researchers to think of cancer as an ever evolving disease.
Who is Siddhartha Mukherjee?
Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born American physician, scientist and writer best known for the 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. The book was the basis of a 2015 film documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, by Ken Burns for PBS Television. For work on the book, Mukherjee won a Pulitzer Prize and an award from The Guardian. It was named one of the 100 most influential books written in English since 1923 by TIME