The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

3.2/5, 3.2 from 9 reviews
  1. Petter Uncle
    read it if you have nothing else to do
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Oct 15, 2018
    I have a few close friends who love reading books, and they were pretty pissed off with this book and recommended me not to read this book. Now that got my goat, and I decided to read it. Boy were they true. The book was completely devoid of any interesting tidbits and had quite a few statements that were factually incorrect. The biggest problem that I have with this book is that the subject is so vast that only one person cannot do justice to it.

    Some chapters were downright ludicrous, and the author fails to talk about molecular imaging at all. If he did, then I missed it and I do not want to go through the torture of rereading it.

    I feel the objective of cancer research should be identifying it at the earliest, extract it and destroy it. If a person dies at the ripe old age of 110 due to cancer, then it is not something to be terrified off, but if one dies before reaching 50, then it is a tragedy.

    Summing up, the author makes an honest attempt but unfortunately fails to do justice to the topic.