When Breath Becomes Air

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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 naïve 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... more

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftI don’t know how Kalanithi found the physical strength to write this book while he was so debilitated by the disease and then potent chemotherapy. But I’m so glad he did. He spent his whole brief life searching for meaning in one way or another -- through books, writing, medicine, surgery, and science. I’m grateful that, by reading this book, I got to witness a small part of that journey. I just wish the journey hadn’t been cut so short (Source)

Ryan Holiday AuthorDespite its popularity, When Breath Becomes Air is actually underrated. It’s make-you-cry good. (Source)

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Sunil Chhetri So this is book 1 of 4 that I'm picking from what is an unbelievable list of suggestions from all you fantastic people! I feel we take a lot of life for granted which is why I'm going with this one. Thanks, Tanvi. https://t.co/0VBXqP1DXa (Source)

Tracy Osborn Reminded me that life could end in an instant and that I need to focus on living, not working. (Source)

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