Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Born: July 21, 1970
  • Nationality: Indian, American
  • Profession: Oncologist, Writer

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Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-American physician, biologist, oncologist, and author. He is best known for his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer that won notable literary prizes including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, and Guardian First Book Award, among others. The book was listed in the "All-Time 100 Nonfiction Books" (the 100 most influential books of the last century) by Time magazine in 2011. His 2016 book The Gene: An Intimate History made it to #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, and was among The New York Times 100 best books of 2016, and a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Prize and the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

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A breast cancer might turn out to have a close resemblance to a gastric cancer. And this kind of reorganization of cancer in terms of its internal genetic anatomy has really changed the way we treat and approach cancer in general.
Cancer has enormous diversity and behaves differently: it's highly mutable, the evolutionary principles are very complicated and often its capacity to be constantly mystifying comes as a big challenge.
Cell culture is a little like gardening. You sit and you look at cells, and then you see something and say, 'You know, that doesn't look right'.
Good physicians are rarely dispassionate. They agonize and self-doubt over patients.
I am a scientist and I am a physician. So I write papers.
I began wondering, can one really write a biography of an illness? But I found myself thinking of cancer as this character that has lived for 4,000 years, and I wanted to know what was its birth, what is its mind, its personality, its psyche?
I believe the biggest breakthroughs on cancer could come from brilliant researchers based in India.
I had seen cancer at a more cellular level as a researcher. The first time I entered the cancer ward, my first instinct was to withdraw from what was going on - the complexity, the death. It was a very bleak time. Time ;Death
I left Delhi in 1989 and remember very little of how life used to be then. Increasingly, in my recent visits to Delhi, I've started to realize that the city has become intellectually very lively. It makes me want to discover the city over and over again. Life
I think the cardinal rule of learning to write is learning to read first. I learned to write by learning to read. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I think the way we think about cancer, the way we treat cancer, has dramatically changed in the last century. There is an enormous amount of options that a physician can provide today, right down from curing patients, treating patients or providing patients with psychic solace or pain relief.
I think when we use 'stress', we are often using a kind of dummy word to try to fit many different things into one big category.
I wanted to explore cancer not just biologically, but metaphorically. The idea that tuberculosis in the 19th century possessed the same kind of frightening and decaying quality was very interesting to me, and it seemed that one could explore the idea that every age defined its own illness.
If there's a seminal discovery in oncology in the last 20 years, it's that idea that cancer genes are often mutated versions of normal genes.
Most days, I go home and I feel rejuvenated. I feel ebullient.
Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching.
Pharmacology is benefited by the prepared mind. You need to know what you are looking for.
Postwar U.S. was the world's leader in science and technology. The investment in science research was staggering. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Probably the most important reason we are seeing more cancers than before is because the population is ageing overall. And cancer is an age-related disease.
There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is - in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It's a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.
There is a very moving and ancient connection between cancer and depression.
There's a phrase in Shakespeare: he refers to it as the 'hidden imposthume', and this idea of a hidden swelling is seminal to cancer. But even in more contemporary writing it's called 'the big C'.
There's a rising cancer trend and, as I said, one of the major contributors is the overall ageing of the population - we aren't dying of other things, so we're dying of cancer.
We don't know why, but pancreatic cancer has a very interesting physiological link to depression. There seems to be a deep link, and we don't know what it is.
What does it mean to be an oncologist? It means that you get to sit in at a moment of another person's life that is so hyper-acute, and not just because they're medically ill. It's also a moment of hope and expectation and concern. Life ;Hope
What we do in the laboratory is we try to design drugs that will not just eradicate cancer cells but will eradicate their homes.
When you immerse yourself in medicine you realise that hope is not absolute. It's not that simple. Hope
Writing anything as an expert is really poisonous to the writing process, because you lose the quality of discovery.