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One Book, One Community Read-Along

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Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Pitt Public Health's One Book, One Community (OBOC) program is a school-wide "communal read" of a single book focused on a topic affecting the field of public health. Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with the school's students and faculty. You'll also be invited to participate in a variety of programming during the year, including live and virtual discussions and events. 

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.
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CPH-CE Credits

CPH-CE credits can be earned by participating in discussions.
(1 CPH-CE credit per hour)


Contact Sarah McMullen and the school's alumni relations team for details or questions about the read-along program.
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