When Breath Becomes Air written by Paul Kalanithi, M.D. A neurosurgeon and writer who grew up in Kingman Arizona before attending Stanford University and graduating in 2000. Paul then later earned an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge. Finally, in 2007 he graduated with distinction from the Yale School of Medicine where he won many significant awards for his exemplary work and research. He then returned to Stanford for residency training in Neurological Surgery, once again receiving awards for exceptional research.
But Paul is no longer with us. He died in March 2015 after being diagnosed with stage 5 lung cancer back in 2003. His memory lives on with us through his outstanding work and this book.
When Breath Becomes Air Brief Synopsis
When Breath Becomes Air is Pauls reflection on doctoring and illness. He was once treating patients but then he became the patient and has to fight for life. Paul died while working on his Bibliography but we can still get a glimpse into his outlook on life.
What makes a life worth living? What do you do when the future no longer holds what you were working for? How does it feel to raise a child while another life withers? This and much more moving thought provocations questions Paul brings to light in his memoir.
“Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where it’s all heading.” – USA Today
Split my head open with its beauty.” – Cheryl Strayed
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