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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Read date: August 2017

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great perspective on cancer through its history and the history of its treatments, beautifully written by a practicing oncologist. I read this very shorly after my own diagnosis, which perhaps wasn’t the best thing to do, as some of the details of early treatments are fairly horrific. I do firmly believe, however, that knowledge is never a waste, and this was a gripping read. Ultimately, what it shows is how little of the details we know about this set of conditions, for each cancer – almost each person’s cancer – is unique. Treatments for one very often won’t work for another, and it all seems horrifically hit and miss in terms of finding new pathways to help people. None the less, our track record has improved, and over the past few decades, great strides have been made.

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