Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay

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July 30, 2018

The answer is A. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The author is Siddhartha Mukherjee. One year after its publication in 2010, The Emperor of All Maladies won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. Mukherjee dissects all aspects of cancer, with the expertise of a cell biologist and passion of a historian, from its first documented appearances to efforts to control and cure the disease. Mukherjee traces back archaic treatment methods of cancer from ancient Greece to our current chemotherapy and radiation methods and suggests what future treatments may look like.

By framing the novel as a biography, Mukherjee is able to make cancer the protagonist of a book that is written more as a medical thriller than as scientific nonfiction. The Emperor of All Maladies is a roller coaster, with highs of medical breakthroughs and lows of devastating stories interspersed with vivid biological descriptions of cancer and historical accounts of its persistence.

Mukherjee is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York City and an oncologist and cancer researcher.[3,4]

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