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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.
 


Hillman cancer center service project


Donations of blankets, socks, gum and mints were collected by the students, faculty, and staff at Pitt Public Health as part of the One Book, One Community program. This is the program's 10th year where a book central to a public health theme or current event is chosen. The book is then incorporated into classes and programming that spans the entire academic year. The book selected from this past academic year was The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Copies of this book along with 150+ stainless steel reusable water bottles were donated to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center on Friday, June 1st. 

We thank Jennifer Sciullo, Alumni Coordinator, Chantel Bonner, recent MPH graduate, and Robin Leaf, Educational Programs and Practicum Coordinator (pictured above) for dropping off these donations. We are grateful to them for all of their hard work as well as others who donated items for our patients!

We have already begun rounding with the items and distributing them to patients in treatment at Hillman. We have also placed several copies of the books in our Gumberg Family Resource Center. Barb Hoffman, a volunteer in the resource center, and mother of two former Pitt students, is glad to offer this book to patients and see our partnership with Pitt grow!

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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.

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