"The Emperor of All Maladies"
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Attached here is an excerpt from the book, "The Emperor of All Maladies" by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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  1. What really surprised me was how long cancer has been around. I always thought of cancer as a new disease but reading that it has been a thing since at least 400 BC was a shock. It was interesting to read about how all these different doctors approached cancer. They built off each other’s work and found success in their studies. For example, from Galen classifying cancer as the black bile of the body making it rather impossible to rid the body of, to Vesalius realizing that there is no black bile then Baillie using that to suggest that if that’s the case cancer can be gotten rid of. Then Hunter with his surgical procedures and the discovery of anesthesia and microbes. We know what we know about cancer today because so many doctors invested their time and efforts, took risks, learned from their mistakes and made new discoveries.