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India Today - - SOCIETY - By LAK­SHMI KUMARASWAMI Em­peror of all mal­adies: a bi­og­ra­phy of can­cer.

One of the great­est mys­ter­ies in sci­ence is the work­ing of the hu­man mind. Sid­dhartha

Mukher­jee wrote an ex­ten­sive story on the sci­ence and his­tory of treat­ing de­pres­sion, Post

Prozac Na­tion, in the Ny­times mag­a­zine’s health is­sue on April 23, which is now be­ing fran­ti­cally down­loaded. It chron­i­cles how doc­tors have treated de­pres­sion over the years—from the in­ven­tion of Prozac and the dis­cov­ery of chem­i­cal im­bal­ances caus­ing de­pres­sion to al­le­vi­at­ing this with the for­ma­tion of new nerve cells. Mukher­jee, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of medicine in the on­col­ogy di­vi­sion at Columbia Univer­sity, be­came in­ter­ested in the sub­ject af­ter en­coun­ter­ing de­pres­sion in some of his own can­cer-stricken pa­tients. The Pulitzer Prize win­ner is also the au­thor of


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