reading > the emperor of all maladies

I thought I’d share what I’m toting around as travel reading.


As the picture reveals this is a book about cancer. It goes through the history of cancer – from osteosarcomas (that’s bone cancer) found in South American mummies to the origins of the term itself. It spends a lot of time discussing the development of leukemia therapies for children, the history of surgery for tumors, and the research that went into proving the relationship between lung cancer and smoking. (This is all in the first half of the book – I still have the rest to get through on my flight home.)

I was afraid this would be too much especially after the dense-ness of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down but have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to read and digest. It’s definitely *heavy* in the sense that it’s about cancer and through the more informational and historical details there are stories of real people who have suffered through a wide variety of cancers. A personal touch to the science of it all which I think is important.

The Emperor of All Maladies via Amazon


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