The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
La Jolla, CA
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This program is presented by
UC San Diego Extension Helen Edison Lecture Series
Date & Time
UC San Diego Price Center West Ballroom
Please park in the Gilman Structure. Fee is $4.00.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born American physician, scientist and writer best known for the 2010 book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. For that work he won a Pulitzer Prize and an award from The Guardian. It was named on of the 100 most influential books written in English since 1923 by TIME and one of the 100 best works of non-fiction by The New York Times Magazine.
Currently he is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He has been the Plummer Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the Joseph Garland lecturer at the Massachusetts Medical Society and an honorary visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Mukherjee's first book, The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer is a magnificent “biography” of this shape-shifting and formidable disease that has plagued and riddled humanity for thousands of years. With the passion of a biographer and the flourish of a novelist, he touches on the brilliance and tenacity that frequently make scientific history — and also on the serendipitous discoveries.
Cases of cancer doubled globally between 1975 and 2000, and will double again by 2020, nearly tripling by 2030. In America, one in two men and one in three women will get cancer during their lifetime; one in four will die. In The Emperor Of All Maladies, Mukherjee delivers a timely message, and he presents it with such clarity and verve that audiences will feel enlightened, even uplifted, despite these grim figures.