Siddhartha Mukherjee

Those who have it can joke about it, and patients at the Hutch, SCCA, and the UW often speak of their time at “cancer city,” a term that applies equally to all of Seattle. We're a world leader in cancer research and treatment, so it's appropriate that the oncologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee should be visiting, courtesy of Seattle Arts & Lectures, with the best-reviewed medical history of the past year. In The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner, $30), the Columbia professor traces the diagnosis and treatment of our cellular rebellion from ancient Egypt to the stem cell transplants of today. Nearly everyone has a friend or family member with cancer, and its prevalence—with our increased life expectancy—is only growing. Once unmentionable, then the object of Nixon's war on cancer, the disease continues to thrive. Cancer, and cancer treatment, are very much a growth industry. Just take a stroll through South Lake Union, where new oncology labs are sprouting each day. BRIAN MILLER

Wed., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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