image : Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbytarian Hospital. A former Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford (where he received a PhD studying cancer-causing viruses) and from Harvard Medical School. His laboratory focuses on discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods. Mukherjee trained in cancer medicine at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School and was on the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published articles and commentary in such journals as Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron and the Journal of Clinical Investigation and in publications such as the New York Times and the New Republic. His work was nominated for Best American Science Writing, 2000 (edited by James Gleick). He lives in Boston and New York with his wife, Sarah Sze, an artist, and with his daughter, Leela. His author website is www.siddharthamukherjee.me

The Best 13 Books on Siddhartha Mukherjee

image Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate History

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year


From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” (Elle).

“Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost” (The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

“Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” (The Washington Post). Throughout, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.

“A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. “The Gene is a book we all should read” (USA TODAY).
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books)

Essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all.

Over a decade ago, when Siddhartha Mukherjee was a young, exhausted, and isolated medical resident, he discovered a book that would forever change the way he understood the medical profession. The book, The Youngest Science, forced Dr. Mukherjee to ask himself an urgent, fundamental question: Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws—statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. But does medicine have laws like other sciences?

Dr. Mukherjee has spent his career pondering this question—a question that would ultimately produce some of most serious thinking he would do around the tenets of his discipline—culminating in The Laws of Medicine. In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine.

Brimming with fascinating historical details and modern medical wonders, this important book is a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and Eureka! moments that people outside of the medical profession rarely see. Written with Dr. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, not just for those in the medical profession, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated. Ultimately, this book lays the groundwork for a new way of understanding medicine, now and into the future.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

El emperador de todos los males / The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Ca ncer (Spanish Edition)

En 2010, siete millones de personas murieron de cáncer en todo el mundo. Con esta fría estadística Siddhartha Mukherjee, médico e investigador oncológico, arranca su amplia y absorbente «biografía» de una de las enfermedades más extendidas de nuestro tiempo.
El emperador de todos los males es una crónica completa del cáncer desde sus orígenes hasta los modernos tratamientos (quimioterapia de diversos tipos, radioterapia y cirugía, además de la prevención) que han surgido gracias a un siglo de investigación, ensayos y pequeños avances trascendentales en muchos lugares distintos.

Este libro es un repaso a la ciencia del cáncer y a la historia de los tratamientos que le han hecho frente, pero también es una reflexión sobre la enfermedad, la ética médica y las complejas y entrelazadas vidas de los oncólogos y sus pacientes. La empatía que muestra Mukherjee hacia los enfermos de cáncer y sus familias, así como hacia los médicos que muy a menudo tan pocas esperanzas les pueden ofrecer, hacen de este libro una historia llena de humanidad de una enfermedad compleja e inasible.

Reseñas:
«Esta obra debería valer a Mukherjee un merecido lugar en el panteón de los grandes divulgadores de nuestra era, junto a Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould y Stephen Hawking.»
The Boston Globe

«Una magistral historia de la investigación sobre el cáncer.»
Publishers Weekly

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee's own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

El gen: Una historia personal (Spanish Edition)

Magnífico, necesario y absorbente, Siddhartha Mukherjee, ganador del Premio Pulitzer por El emperador de todos los males, ha escrito una extraordinaria «biografía» del gen y una respuesta a una de las cuestiones más relevantes del futuro: ¿Qué significa ser humano cuando se es capaz de manipular la información genética?

La historia de cómo hemos descifrado el código fuente que nos hace humanos abarca todo el planeta y varios siglos -y probablemente defina el futuro que nos espera.

Entrelazando ciencia, historia y vivencias personales, Mukherjee hace un recorrido por el nacimiento, el crecimiento, la influencia y el futuro de una de las ideas más poderosas y peligrosas de la historia de la ciencia: el gen, la unidad fundamental de la herencia, y la unidad básica de toda la información biológica. Desde Aristóteles y Pitágoras, pasando por los descubrimientos relegados de Mendel, la revolución de Darwin, Watson y Franklin, hasta los avances más innovadores llevados a cabo en nuestro siglo, este libro nos recuerda cómo la genética nos afecta a todos cada día.

Reseñas:
«Esta quizá sea la mejor historia de suspense jamás contada, una búsqueda de milenios dirigida por mil exploradores, de Aristóteles a Mendel a Francis Collins, tras el enigma en el centro de cada célula. Como El emperador de todos los males, El gen es prodigiosa, torrencial y finalmente transcendente. Si te interesa en qué consiste ser humano hoy y en todos los mañanas que vengan, tienes que leer este libro.»
Anthony Doerr, autor de La luz que no puedes ver

«El gen es una magnífica síntesis de la ciencia de la vida, y nos obliga a enfrentarnos con el núcleo de esa ciencia, así como con los retos éticos y filosóficos a nuestra idea de en qué consiste ser humano.»
Paul Berg, Premio Nobel de Química

«Magnífico... La historia del gen se ha contado por trozos de distintas maneras, pero nunca con la perspectiva y la grandeza que Mukherjee aporta a su historia.»
James Gleick, New York Times Book Review

Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

TED Books Box Set: The Science Mind: Follow Your Gut, How We'll Live on Mars, and The Laws of Medicine

An exciting boxed set collection of must-have TED Books for any science reader—from medical professionals to armchair Internet doctors to sci-fi enthusiasts—an engaging and fresh look at the inner and outer world around us, including Follow Your Gut, How We’ll Live On Mars, and The Laws of Medicine.

Allergies, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. How does this groundbreaking science influence your health, mood, and more? In Follow Your Gut pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain why these new findings matter to everyone.

In How We’ll Live on Mars award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek considers what sounds like science fiction as fact: within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. In fact, we’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, and he explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.

The Laws of Medicine is essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of Maladies and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers, Siddhartha Mukherjee reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

Imperador de Todos Os Males (Em Portugues do Brasil)

Em 2010, mais de 7 milhoes de pessoas morreram de cancer em todo o mundo. Nos Estados Unidos, uma de tres mulheres e um de dois homens desenvolverao essa doenca durante a vida. Em alguns paises, o cancer sera a causa de morte mais comum, superando as doencas coronarianas. Mas, afinal, o que e essa doenca? Quem e o cancer?

O primeiro registro da doenca e um papiro egipcio do seculo VII a.C. No entanto, sao raras as referencias ao cancer antes do seculo XIX, ja que as pessoas morriam de flagelos para os quais existe tratamento hoje, como tuberculose, colera, variola, peste ou pneumonia. Com o prolongamento da vida humana, o cancer foi levado para o primeiro plano, tornando-se a doenca mais temerosa da civilizacao moderna, o que justificou, na segunda metade do seculo XX, a intensificacao da batalha epica da medicina contra um mal cuja causa era desconhecida.

Oncologista que depara diariamente com o drama de seus pacientes, Siddhartha Mukherjee traca em O imperador de todos os males uma biografia profundamente humana do cancer. Ele narra em detalhes as etapas do processo cheio de idas e vindas da pesquisa da doenca, as promessas de vitorias e as recaidas, as radicalizacoes temerarias de tratamentos como a mastectomia e a quimioterapia, e a importancia tardia dada a prevencao, que levou a avancos como o exame de Papanicolau e o combate ao fumo.

Em linguagem acessivel, Mukherjee revela os notaveis resultados da recente pesquisa genetica, que desvendam o mecanismo intimo da doenca e vao sendo paulatinamente incorporados ao tratamento. Tudo isso numa linguagem que tem a precisao do cientista e a paixao do biografo que nao esconde sua admiracao por um mal capaz de assumir muitas formas e que esta a nossa frente na corrida pela imortalidade.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

Leyes de la medicina, Las (Spanish Edition)

Un libro esencial para medicos y enfermeras, y de gran utilidad para sus pacientes. Un libro de la serie TED Books que busca reflexionar sobre la naturaleza de la medicina como ciencia y sobre los principios que deben regir las relaciones entre profesionales y pacientes. / Brimming with fascinating historical details and modern medical wonders, this important book is a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and Eureka! moments that people outside of the medical profession rarely see. The Laws of Medicine lays the groundwork for a new way of understanding medicine.
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

Das Gen: Eine sehr persönliche Geschichte (German Edition)

Großartig, fesselnd und folgenreich: Pulitzer-Preisträger Siddhartha Mukherjee erzählt meisterhaft die Geschichte der Entzifferung des Mastercodes, der unser Menschsein bestimmt. Als Siddhartha Mukherjee seinen Bestseller ›Der König aller Krankheiten‹ beendet hatte, machte er sich auf eine Reise in die indische Heimat. Er besucht Cousin Moni, der an Schizophrenie leidet – wie auffällig viele seiner Verwandten. Fasziniert beginnt Mukherjee sich mit der Geschichte der Gene zu beschäftigen: Von den Erbsenkreuzungen Mendels bis zur neuesten Gen-Bearbeitungs-Methode CRISPR schreibt Mukherjee den spannenden Roman einer wissenschaftlichen Suche und verwebt ihn mit der Geschichte seiner Familie. Das große Buch eines begnadeten Erzählers und Arztes, das gewaltige Panorama einer machtvollen Entdeckung, die man nun endlich versteht. Packend und einzigartig."Wer wissen will, was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein, sollte dieses Buch lesen." Boston Globe"Lesen Sie dieses Buch, so werden Sie auf die Zukunft bestens vorbereitet sein. " Sunday Times "Meisterhaft aufgebaut, wunderbar erzählt […] Mukherjee ist ein Genie darin, zutiefst menschliche Geschichten hinter abstrakten Ideen zu entdecken." Andrew Solomon, Washington Post "Eine inspirierende und ungemein bewegende Lektüre." San Francisco Chronicle
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

Imperador de Todos Os Males (Em Portugues do Brasil) by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2012-01-01)

Imperador de Todos Os Males (Em Portugues do Brasil) by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2012-01-01)
Read More
image Siddhartha Mukherjee

El gen / The Gene: An Intimate History: Una historia personal (Spanish Edition)

Magnífico, necesario y absorbente, Siddhartha Mukherjee, ganador del Premio Pulitzer por El emperador de todos los males, ha escrito una extraordinaria «biografía» del gen y una respuesta a una de las cuestiones más relevantes del futuro: ¿Qué significa ser humano cuando se es capaz de manipular la información genética?

La historia de cómo hemos descifrado el código fuente que nos hace humanos abarca todo el planeta y varios siglos -y probablemente defina el futuro que nos espera.

Entrelazando ciencia, historia y vivencias personales, Mukherjee hace un recorrido por el nacimiento, el crecimiento, la influencia y el futuro de una de las ideas más poderosas y peligrosas de la historia de la ciencia: el gen, la unidad fundamental de la herencia, y la unidad básica de toda la información biológica. Desde Aristóteles y Pitágoras, pasando por los descubrimientos relegados de Mendel, la revolución de Darwin, Watson y Franklin, hasta los avances más innovadores llevados a cabo en nuestro siglo, este libro nos recuerda cómo la genética nos afecta a todos cada día.

Reseñas:
«Esta quizá sea la mejor historia de suspense jamás contada, una búsqueda de milenios dirigida por mil exploradores, de Aristóteles a Mendel a Francis Collins, tras el enigma en el centro de cada célula. Como El emperador de todos los males, El gen es prodigiosa, torrencial y finalmente transcendente. Si te interesa en qué consiste ser humano hoy y en todos los mañanas que vengan, tienes que leer este libro.»
Anthony Doerr, autor de La luz que no puedes ver

«El gen es una magnífica síntesis de la ciencia de la vida, y nos obliga a enfrentarnos con el núcleo de esa ciencia, así como con los retos éticos y filosóficos a nuestra idea de en qué consiste ser humano.»
Paul Berg, Premio Nobel de Química

«Magnífico... La historia del gen se ha contado por trozos de distintas maneras, pero nunca con la perspectiva y la grandeza que Mukherjee aporta a su historia.»
James Gleick, New York Times Book ReviewENGLISH DESCRIPTION

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the YearFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and "a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick" (Elle)."Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost" (The New York Times). In this biography Mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices."Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…[and] swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry" (The Washington Post). Throughout, the story of Mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome."A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future" (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master. "The Gene is a book we all should read" (USA TODAY).
Read More

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE, YOU CAN FIND HIM ON HIS Website, Facebook , Twitter , Instagram AND Youtube