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One Book, One Community

Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Each year since 2009, Pitt Public Health invites students, faculty, alumni, and friends to share the experience of reading and discussing our annual selection for the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program. This year's OBOC selection is The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 

About the Book

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

(Excerpted and condensed from Amazon.com)

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COLORS OF SUPPORT DISPLAY


Through the Colors of Support display, members of the Pitt Public Health community are able to share and show their commitment to cancer awareness, activism, prevention and continued research. Stop by the display to write the names of family and friends who lost their battle with cancer, those who are still fighting and the survivors on the Tribute Wall of Support. The display will be up during the month of November. 

Thank you to all who loaned and donated items! 

Support for this event made possible through the University's Year of Healthy U initiative.
 

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Read-Along Program

Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with the school’s students and faculty by participating in the second read-along program. Read The Emperor of All Maladies and participate in live and virtual events and discussions. Read more...

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Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Robin Leaf, educational programs and practicum coordinator.

OBOC and Cancer News

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Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.  

Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.

NEW YORK TIMES - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have breast cancer...Pink is not a serious color, though cancer is a very serious disease. (11/06/2017)
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OBOC: Colors of Support 

OBOC: Colors of Support

COLORS OF SUPPORT! Our One Book, One Community program presents cancer-awareness memorabilia of students, faculty, and staff in a special November display, part of this year’s communal read of Pulitzer Prize winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (11/02/2017)
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Hillman Foundation Gives $30 Million to Pitt and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center 

Hillman Foundation Gives $30 Million to Pitt and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is re-upping its commitment to cultivate cancer research and care by committing an additional $30 million over the next 10 years to the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.  (09/28/2017)
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A Pen that Detects Cancerous Tissue Could Help Surgeons Remove the Full Tumor 

A Pen that Detects Cancerous Tissue Could Help Surgeons Remove the Full Tumor

A new handheld device could someday help cancer surgeons figure out what to cut and what to leave alone in real time. The MasSpecPen employs water, plastic tubing, and a mass spectrometer. It's the latest in engineer's effort to speed up the pace at which samples collected during operations are pro... (09/26/2017)
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Widowed Early, a Cancer Doctor Writes about the Harm of Medical Debt 

Widowed Early, a Cancer Doctor Writes about the Harm of Medical Debt

A radiation oncologist, and widow whose husband died of cancer, studies the effects of financial strain on cancer patients.  (09/26/2017)
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The Motivating Power of Cancer 

The Motivating Power of Cancer

Ian Toothill, 47, a personal trainer from London, has stage IV bowel cancers. Earlier this month, he reached the summit of Mt. Everest. "It's a way of changing the narrative, asserting control," explains Ellen Ormond, PhD, of the Center for Counseling and Cancer Support at the University of Pittsbu... (09/26/2017)
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Gollin reappointed to Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention, and Research Advisoory Board 

Gollin reappointed to Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention, and Research Advisoory Board

Researcher SUZANNE GOLLIN, Department of Human Genetics, has been reappointed as a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Control, Prevention, and Research Advisory Board. This was confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 2017. She is pictured here with an image of tumor cell biomarkers. (09/22/2017)
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Gellad on the cancer drug pricing firestorm 

Gellad on the cancer drug pricing firestorm

AXIOS - Doctor and health policy professor WALID GELLAD said the real question is why a potential breakthrough drug that has some question marks about effectiveness should cost more than proven life-saving measures like bone marrow or kidney transplants. “This is an amazing therapy, but there has to... (08/31/2017)

Nine Years of OBOC

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