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Indian American Doctor, Wins Pulitzer Prize
SI Team
Friday, April 29, 2011
Indian American doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee’s has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category for his book on cancer. The book titled “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography on Cancer” deals with the history of diseases and how doctors have fought against diseases for ages. It provides an in depth study into the world of cancer and the various treatments. A profoundly human biography on cancer has been presented by Dr Mukherjee which had its first documented appearance thousand years ago. The Pulitzer award citation described The Emperor of All Maladies as “an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science”.

Dr Mukherjee, born in New Delhi, India, had his schooling at the St. Columba’s School. He has been declared a Rhodes Scholar by University of Oxford which is world’s most prestigious scholarship. He majored in biology from Stanford University and graduated from Harvard Medical School. Presently he is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Centre. He has written articles for The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The Republic.

According to information about the book on the Pulitzer website, the book talks about treatments ranging from the Persian Queen Atossa whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the 19th-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla. The book has been described as a “literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist”.
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