Friday, June 29, 2012

Currently, I am reading The Emperor of All Maladies, and I am completely overwhelmed by this book. I have read about half of this book and the flow in which this book is written is commendable. The reader can easily feel the energy and effort which must have gone into writing this marvel. The research done in writing this book is extensive, which one can easily see by the length of citations and notes given at the end.

This book truly is the biography of cancer. It starts from the very early traces of cancer in the known history, from Aufderheide's thousand-year-old mummy of a thirty-five-year-old with well preserved breast cancer tumor to the word karkinos, derived from the Greek word for crab. All the stories included in the book strikes one and one realizes the impact that cancer had had on the human race for centuries.

I will post a detailed review of this book after I will finish it. 

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