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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Cure For Cancer

 Cure For Cancer Biography 


Although oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, has written a magnum opus on cancer, he doesn’t think his über-expert status will change how he interacts with patients. The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction 

says, “I try to be very humble about the possibilities and achievements of what can be done and what cannot be done in cancer. I think, unfortunately, becoming an expert is as much a poison to writing a book as it is to treating a patient.”

Mukherjee realizes that America’s 40-year war on cancer (or for that matter the 2,500-year war since Queen Atossa of Persia had a tumor excised from her breast) is littered with hopes and dreams for cures that never appeared. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is a sober assessment of the state of cancer and makes no claims that defeating it is within our reach. Yet Mukherjee, an assistant professor of 

medicine at Columbia University, acknowledges a biomedical renaissance is under way, writing, “The tools that we will use to battle cancer in the future will doubtless alter so dramatically in 50 years that the geography of cancer prevention and therapy might be unrecognizable.”

Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the School of Medicine, caught up with the Stanford graduate in August as Mukherjee was on vacation winding down from the year’s non-stop action as a clinician, researcher and celebrated author.


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