This book really is a “biography” of cancer—a disease that everyone dreads. You learn about its history, from early diagnoses to the 20th century progress in treatments.
Here’s the publisher’s description for the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee:
A “biography” of cancer from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. A combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms the listener’s understanding of cancer and much of the world around them. The author provides a glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.