Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday Wish List

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer is among the most dreaded of diseases, often mentioned in whispers or euphemisms. (The very word is a curse in Dutch.) Whatever we call it, "the big C" is unavoidable in any language: According to the World Cancer Report, it will become the worldwide leading cause of deaths in 2010. Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies lifts the taboo by presenting a history of cancer in the context of both of miscomprehensions and advances in its detection and treatment. As a cancer physician and researcher whose articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, the author approaches the subject with a rare combination of expertise, humanity, and writing skills.

This book has gotten very good reviews. I wonder if it's too depressing though. The author is an oncologist who was a Rhodes Scholar; he attended Stanford, Oxford and Harvard! Whoa!

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