I think the way we think about cancer, the way we treat cancer, has dramatically changed in the last century. There is an enormous amount of options that a physician can provide today, right down from curing patients, treating patients or providing patients with psychic solace or pain relief.

-Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee

There is a very moving and ancient connection between cancer and depression.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Probably the most important reason we are seeing more cancers than before is because the population is ageing overall. And cancer is an age-related disease.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Postwar U.S. was the world's leader in science and technology. The investment in science research was staggering.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
In Paris, friend of Bequerel’s, a young physicist-chemist couple named Pierre and Marie Curie, began to scour the natural world for even more powerful chemical sources of X-rays. Pierre and Marie (then Maria Sklodowska, a penniless Polish immigrant living in a garret in Paris) had met at the Sorbonne and been drawn to each other because of a common interest in magnetism.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

It is hard to look at the tumor and not come away with the feeling that one has encountered a powerful monster in its infancy

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Good physicians are rarely dispassionate. They agonize and self-doubt over patients.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

I think the cardinal rule of learning to write is learning to read first. I learned to write by learning to read.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pharmacology is benefited by the prepared mind. You need to know what you are looking for. Siddhartha Mukhe
Siddhartha Mukherjee

I had seen cancer at a more cellular level as a researcher. The first time I entered the cancer ward, my first instinct was to withdraw from what was going on - the complexity, the death. It was a very bleak time.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
I left Delhi in 1989 and remember very little of how life used to be then. Increasingly, in my recent visits to Delhi, I've started to realize that the city has become intellectually very lively. It makes me want to discover the city over and over again.