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When Breath Becomes Air: When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by Paul Kalanithi.  this book life of Paul Kalanithi o after having completed a decade long training as a neurosurgeon is confronted with being diagnosed of lung cancer. Before writing When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi was in residency in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. In May 2013, Kalanithi diagnosed with stage-4 non-small-cell EGFR-positive lung cancer. It was awarded the Good reads Choice Awards 2016 for Best Memoir and Autobiography.

When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction by Paul Kalanithi

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Paul Kalanithi shared When Breath Becomes Air his reflections on illness and medicine, authoring essays in The New York Times, The Paris Review and Stanford Medicine, and participating in interviews for media outlets and public forums. He also began work on an autobiographical book of his experiences as a doctor and a patient facing a terminal illness.

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi diagnosed with stage 4 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 naive medical student.

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What makes life worth living in the face of death? do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? 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.

About the Author Paul Kalanithi 

Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. He grew up in Kingman, Arizona, and graduated from Stanford University with a BA and MA in English literature and a BA in human biology. Paul Kalanithi earned an MPhil in history and philosophy of science and medicine from the University of Cambridge and graduated cum laude from the Yale School of Medicine, where he inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. He returned to Stanford to complete his residency training in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience, during which he received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest award for research. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015. He survived by his large, loving family, including his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.


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