Book Review : The Emperor of All Maladies

“The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” is authored by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I have listened to an audio version of this book. Its a very lengthy audio book. Its narrative and interesting. Its a complete history on cancer and its evolution as oncology till present date. The author tells the story of most of the cancers, its discovery and its treatments. At the end I understood that each cancer is different in the same way an individual is and there is no single magic bullet to eradicate all cancer. Chemotherapy is used mostly to treat cancer, it again is a cocktail of poisonous chemicals. Some chemicals could be used for targeted therapy. The battle against cancer is life long as there are chances of relapsing as well.

Rating: 4/5. A book with so much detail on history of lot of cancers, it seems to stretch at sometimes but mostly interesting.I understood there is no cure for cancer its just a hope for living a better life than yesterday.


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