When Breath Becomes Air

Kalanithi, Paul

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You are a young neurosurgeon. You have completed 11 years of training. You are devoted to your work and on the brink of a wonderful career. Then you are diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is an unforgettable reflection on the practice of medicine and the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

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** SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**

‘Rattling. Heartbreaking. Beautiful.’ Atul Gawande, bestselling author of Being Mortal

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

‘A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living’ Nigella Lawson

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Weight 181 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 16 mm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

xix, 228

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

617.48092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K