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Fred’s book notes on The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

April 2, 2013

Fred’s book Notes:


I was reading The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, and jotted down these thoughts and facts:



How many people are buried in the cemetery of the innocent?


The term cancer is from the crab-shaped, dubbed by Hipporcrates, who described the tumors as kaukinos, which means the crab.


The term oncology is derived from the latin onkos, which means mass or load.


Autopsy from the latin “to see for oneself.”


Health nuts who think vitamins are the answer to a cure, they’re no different than doctors who prescribed boar’s tooth and fox lungs.


Is Switzerland non-invasive?


Chemotherapy began when doctors noticed that victims of mustard gas had reduced white blood cells. This made researchers wonder if leukemia could be cured by reducing its white blood cells through chemistry. A potential inhibitor to cellular growth.


Fred’s definition of anesthesia: disassociation from the patient due to the oncologist’s ambition.


Use your life against cancer, means matter being decomposed by energy.


Meta-stasis in latin means beyond stillness.


Cancer is essentially a nonconformist. It continues to grow and not acknowledge the world around itself until it kills the host then dies too. Kinda like how CEO destroy their own company.


Palliative care—a sad but inevitable phrase, it’s from the word “Palliare” which means “to cloak.”

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