when breath becomes air
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In his short lifetime, Paul Kalanithi earned a BA and an MA in English literature from Stanford; an MPhil in history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge; and an MD from Yale School of Medicine. At Stanford, he was finishing up his residency in neurosurgery and neuroscience, when he learned he was dying. He was 36.
Assistant Medical Professor at Stanford University and widow of neurosurgeon/author Paul Kalanithi, Lucy Kalanithi, discusses the ways in which her husband's death and her subsequent grief have surprised her most.
The mind's eye is allowed to peek into the operating room • to note that "the skin slips open like a curtain, the skull flap
Although his death was not unique, Kalanithi's perspective on his illness certainly was, and his keen intellect and writing skills make When Breath Becomes Air a compelling read. Reading about death is not macabre. We need to consider it so that we can get on with our life, and live it fully.
"What makes human life meaningful, even in the face of death and decay?"