Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
"In 1884, at the prime of his career, Halsted read a paper describing the use of a new surgical anesthetic called cocaine. His experimental curiosity aroused, Halsted began to inject himself with the drug, testing it before using it on patients."
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2011)