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In a special episode recorded in front of a live audience at the Stanford School of Medicine, Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes award-winning author and physician-scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee. They discuss Siddhartha’s new book, The Song of the Cell, how history and philosophy inform our understanding of biomedical progress, and the importance of conveying authority, while also acknowledging uncertainty, in science communication. Siddhartha also talks about his writing process, how he balances his work as a writer, physician, scientist, and entrepreneur, and biomedical breakthroughs that give him hope for the future.
Meet Siddhartha Mukherjee
A renowned physician-scientist, award-winning author, and successful entrepreneur, Siddhartha Mukherjee has transformed human health and how we perceive it. His first book, the best-selling The Emperor of All Maladies, received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for being a “magnificent, profoundly humane ‘biography’ of cancer”.
His latest work, The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human, continues his investigations of what defines humanity – exploring cells as a centerpiece in biology and highlighting our rapidly growing ability to manipulate them. In addition to his books, Siddhartha has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University before receiving a Rhodes Scholarship that led to his earning a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. In 2000, he earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.