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When Breath Becomes Air For Readers Of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, And Anne Lamott, A Profoundly Moving, Exquisitely Observed Memoir By A Young Neurosurgeon Faced With A Terminal Cancer Diagnosis Who Attempts To Answer The Question What Makes A Life Worth Living At The Age Of Thirty Six, On The Verge Of Completing A Decade S Worth Of Training As A Neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi Was Diagnosed With Stage IV Lung Cancer One Day He Was A Doctor Treating The Dying, And The Next He Was A Patient Struggling To Live And Just Like That, The Future He And His Wife Had Imagined Evaporated When Breath Becomes Air Chronicles Kalanithi S Transformation From A Na Ve Medical Student Possessed, As He Wrote, By The Question Of What, Given That All Organisms Die, Makes A Virtuous And Meaningful Life Into A Neurosurgeon At Stanford Working In The Brain, The Most Critical Place For Human Identity, And Finally Into A Patient And New Father Confronting His Own Mortality What Makes Life Worth Living In The Face Of Death What Do You Do When The Future, No Longer A Ladder Toward Your Goals In Life, Flattens Out Into A Perpetual Present What Does It Mean To Have A Child, To Nurture A New Life As Another Fades Away These Are Some Of The Questions Kalanithi Wrestles With In This Profoundly Moving, Exquisitely Observed Memoir Paul Kalanithi Died In March , While Working On This Book, Yet His Words Live On As A Guide And A Gift To Us All I Began To Realize That Coming Face To Face With My Own Mortality, In A Sense, Had Changed Nothing And Everything, He Wrote Seven Words From Samuel Beckett Began To Repeat In My Head I Can T Go On I Ll Go On When Breath Becomes Air Is An Unforgettable, Life Affirming Reflection On The Challenge Of Facing Death And On The Relationship Between Doctor And Patient, From A Brilliant Writer Who Became Both

About the Author: Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi, M.D., was a neurosurgeon and writer Paul grew up in Kingman, Arizona, before attending Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2000 with a B.A and M.A in English Literature and a B.A in Human Biology He earned an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge before attending medical school In 2007, Paul graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine, winning the Lewis H Nahum Prize for outstanding research and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society He returned to Stanford for residency training in Neurological Surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience, during which he authored over twenty scientific publications and received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery s highest award for research.Paul s reflections on doctoring and illness he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2013, though he never smoked have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Paris Review Daily, in addition to interviews in academic settings and media outlets such as MSNBC Paul completed neurosurgery residency in 2014 Paul died in March, 2015, while working on When Breath Becomes Air, an unforgettable, life affirming reflection on the challenge of facing mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both. He is survived by his wife Lucy and their daughter Cady.

10 thoughts on “When Breath Becomes Air

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    I finished the book I m glad that I perservered with it It s quite an odd book and an overall rating might be the sum of the parts, but is not going to reflect the writing or content of those parts Ratings, part I, 1 star, part II, 3 stars and part III, 5 stars.The first part, the foreword, by Abraham Verghese, was verbose, hagiographic and contradic

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    As I finished this book with tears running down my face I asked myself, Why did you read this book You know it was going to be sad, how could a man dying of lung cancer before the age of forty be anything but Yet to just classify this memoir, to classify this novel as such is to devalue the man he was He was a lover of literature, a neurosurgeon, a scientist,

  3. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    A gasping, desperate, powerful little book, bigger on the inside than outside It s a little bit about dying, butabout being alive.

  4. Aisling Aisling says:

    Oh dear I was always told not to speak ill of the dead It feels awful to give a three star rating to a nice guy by all accounts who is now dead But I simply did not find this book compelling or insightful enough It is mildly interesting to learn about neurosurgery as a specialty and to read the author s thoughts as he faced diagnosis, illness and then death I always felt that

  5. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    I don t think you should read this book because the story of an incredibly gifted man who had his life taken away at such a young age might give you the motivation to live lifefully I think you should read this book because that talented, inspiring man has incredibly important things to say derived from his own experiences, and it s important to listen and learn from them Read this boo

  6. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    Do yourself a favour and don t listened to the ending of this book while doing your makeupTheres no way to review a book where the author died too young from cancer leaving his wife and 8 months old baby behind without feeling like an asshole for not giving it 5 stars.That s whyoften than not, I don t give a rating to the autobiographies I read I just don t feel comfortable rating someone s lif

  7. Iris P Iris P says:

    Sharing this interesting New York Times interview with Dr Lucy Kalanithi.She sounds like a very special person too Upgrading this to 5 stars, not sure why I didn t before After finishing this profound, emotional memoir I feel like I lost a good friend.Thank you Paul Kalanithi for this beautiful gift you left for us, wherever you are Paul Kalanithi Baby Cad Sharing this interesting New York Times intervi

  8. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    1 12 16 Update Just wanted to mention that this book goes on sale today Its an amazing story Paul Kalanithi studied literature at Stanford University For his thesis, he studied the work of Walt Whitman, a poet , who a century before, was possessed by the same questions that haunted him Kalanithi wanted to find a way to understand and describe what he termed the Physiological Spiritual Man Kalanithi had a passion

  9. Justin Justin says:

    I read this almost two months ago and realized I never reviewed it When I finished the book, I just couldn t review it It s a small book, but it s powerful I didn t shed any tears at the end of it, but I remember sitting there physically shaking and feeling really numb and tingly A book has never impacted me that way before, and I m not even sure why I read the book in the first place since I knew what I was getting myse

  10. Philipp Philipp says:

    alternative title How the upper class dies Autobiographical book by a guy who s trained and studied all his life, nearly became a writer, then chose to become a doctor instead that s what happens when you come from a family of medical doctors , and is diagnosed with cancer at the end of his training Torschlusspanik 1 sets in and he has to write that one book he always wanted to write It s partially an autobiography of his trainin

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