When Breath Becomes Air
What makes a virtuous and meaningful life? Paul Kalanithi believed that the answer lay in medicines most demanding specialization, neurosurgery. Here are patients at their lifes most critical moment. Here he worked in the most critical place for human identity, the brain. What is it like to do that every day; ...more
The first part, the foreword, by Abraham Verghese, was verbose, hagiographic and contradictory (view spoiler)[ie. full of shit (hide spoiler)]. He said he didn't know the author at all until after his death. Then he says well he did ...more
Read this book with the knowledge that you might not always be able to understand everything someone goes through, ...more
Theres no way to review a book where the author died too young from cancer leaving his wife and 8 months old baby behind without feeling like an asshole for not giving it 5 stars.
Thats why more often than not, I dont give a rating to the autobiographies I read. I just dont feel comfortable rating someones life.
Cancer and the death of a close one is something most of us unfortunately can relate to and I ...more
She sounds like a very special person too:
Upgrading this to 5 stars, not sure why I didn't before
After finishing this profound, emotional memoir I feel like I lost a good friend.
Thank you Paul Kalanithi for this beautiful gift you left for us, wherever you are...
Paul Kalanithi & Baby ...more
Paul Kalanithi studied literature at Stanford University. For his thesis, he studied
the work of Walt Whitman, a poet , who a century before, was possessed by the same questions that haunted him. Kalanithi wanted to find a way to understand and describe what he termed "the Physiological-Spiritual Man."
Kalanithi had a passion for literature. He began to see language as an almost supernatural force, ...more
Wait, I know why I wanted to read it. It was very therapeutic ...more
Autobiographical book by a guy who's trained and studied all his life, nearly became a writer, then chose to become a doctor instead (that's what happens when you come from a family of medical doctors), and is diagnosed with cancer at the end of his training. Torschlusspanik  sets in and he has to write that one book he always wanted to write. It's partially an autobiography of his training, a hymn to his wife, and a bit on patient-doctor ...more
This is the story of the perception and management of life and death (both separately and together) of a 36 year old doctor nearing the completion of his neurosurgery training when he got diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer.
Being a person on the path of being a surgeon, having a love for books, philosophy, literature, writing and a thirst to know deeper meaning for life, I felt I could understand the author very well, somehow!
The parts regarding a surgeon's ...more
I mourn the death of this writer, a surgeon of great potential. A doctor of great compassion. But the message he has left us is quite eloquently simple: make life as meaningful as you can in the time you have. Be grateful.
The touching epilogue his wife Lucy ...more
Thank you Paul, thank you for showing us what is life really about.
I hope you found the meaning of life and death, the one you searched endlessly.
Sir, you will be remembered.
"...See what it is to still live, to profoundly influence the lives of others after you are gone, by your words. In a world of asynchronous communication, where we are so often buried in our screens, our gaze rooted to the rectangular objects buzzing in our hands, our attention consumed by ephemera, stop and experience this dialogue ...more
Paul expresses, lived, and has shared how meaning can transform tragedy into a deep transcendence of being ...more
My heart is full! I was not expecting for this book to have the impact on me that it did. What a beautiful account of a man who truly lived his life to the fullest, despite dying quite young. He gave an incredible and resilient narrative on dealing and living with lung cancer and it unexpectedly shortening your life, but fighting through it despite all odds. Creating a new life, a new dream in that present moment and not letting the prospect of death stop you from living ...more
And we, for the most part, can actually say the same thing about Paul Kalanithi. We've come to know of him only after he had left this world of ours. Ironically, I write this on March 9th, the one-year anniversary of his passing.
Paul Kalanithi: son, husband, father, brilliant surgeon. He was a healer whose very existence gave hope to so ...more
It has been a few days since I turned the last page of this book. But the numbness reappears the instant I allow the pages to unfold in my memory. The silence which suddenly parts to let these memories seep in and cloud my vision, fills the air. Even as I grapple to make sense of what it means to lose a dear, dear one, I, ironically, already know that very sense to be ephemeral. No part of my being accepts death; ...more
Long enough to keep going on as you did before: working, planning, and dreaming of a future, or long enough to live life like there is no tomorrow?
Pauls callingneurosurgerypulled him back to work even as he knew he was ill, because he couldnt envision leaving it behind to focus on making the most of the perhaps little (or long) time he has left.
At the same time, he realized neurosurgery brings him joyand so does his ...more
At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanthi, a doctor nearing the completion of his neurosurgeon training, is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This revelation becomes a dividing line in his life, something of a reversal of fortune. Paul goes from being a healthy physician ...more
Paul Kalanithi tells his story in two parts his life as a son and brother growing up mostly in Arizona, his College life, then his University experiences and early career years comprise the first part. In the second part, we are invited into a time of his life that is heartbreaking, tragic, filled ...more
Paul Kalanithi answers that question in the most meaningful way possible in his outstanding book. A 36-year- old neurosurgeon, Paul wrestled between medicine and literature as an eventual career. Medicine won out and he was just on the cusp of a stellar trajectory when he was ...more
We strolled into his room on morning rounds and the resident asked him Mr Michaels, how are you feeling?
Four six one eight nineteen! he replied, somewhat affably.
The tumor had interrupted his speech circuitry, so he could speak only in streams of numbers, but he still had prosody, he could still emote : smile, scowl, sigh. He recited another series of numbers, this time with urgency. There was something he wanted to tell us, but ...more
I knew going in this would be a tough read for me, and it was, but aside from that, it is a touching, heartbreaking and most "powerful tale of living with death" knocking at your door.
Paul Kalanithi, neurosurgeon and writer was only 37 when he passed away from lung cancer, and besides the loss to his wife and family, such a great loss to the medical profession too. Oh what more this brilliant man could have...more
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