Some books read you/ which world is real? this/the page, or a single cell/ dictating terms as you rush to work/to living, steam that floats over tea.
Yesterday night was mighty inspired by an interview of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Have you read his book The Emperor of all Maladies? It’s a biography of cancer that changes the way you think at a very cellular level.
Watch the video.
Here’s an excerpt of what I thought about the book when I just put it down and all thoughts were fresh in my mind:
This book has been like baptism with fire…..I thought at first I wouldn’t be able to complete it. Fear of disease is so etched in all of us but once a doctor like Siddhartha Mukherjee guides us through a four thousand year recorded history of the disease, awareness grows and with that comes a glimmer of understanding about the complex world of medicine, care and the inevitability of death. He talks about cancer as though it is the story of the politics within our own biochemistry, our own selves, mirrors of our extremities. Like the author hesitantly calls Cancer beautiful in the way the disease out manouevres all human efforts to curtail, I hesitantly ask you to read the book. It may change the way you understand health and your own cells.
What book has fundamentally altered the way you think?