Friday, October 3, 2014 to Saturday, October 4, 2014
The atmosphere was electric as Dr. Mukherjee spoke about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies to an engaged BC Cancer Agency audience.
The event, sponsored by the BC Cancer Foundation, provided deep insight in to Dr. Mukherjee’s critically acclaimed work of non-fiction, which weaves together experiences as a cancer physician and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the history of cancer treatment and research from its first identification some 4,600 years ago.
In his book, Dr. Mukherjee explores one of the most extraordinary stories in medicine: a history of cancer, which will impact over 24,000 British Columbians this year. Cancer begins when a single cell, among all the trillions in a human body, begins to grow out of control. “If we seek immortality,” Mukherjee writes, “then so, too, in a rather perverse sense, does the cancer cell.”
As a researcher, Dr. Mukherjee’s laboratory is at the forefront of discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods. The Emperor of All Maladies has been described by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential books of the last 100 years, and by the New York Times magazine as among the 100 best works of non-fiction.
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer physician and researcher, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff physician at the CU/ NYU Presbyterian Hospital gave an exclusive lecture on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre, and a free public lecture at UBC on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Both lectures were sponsored by the BC Cancer Foundation.