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The New York Times number-one best seller.
At the age of 36, 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 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.
©2016 Paul Kalanithi (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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"Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.... Unmissable." (New York Times)
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By Anonymous User on 11-07-17

transition is not smooth

interesting to hear his journey from doctor to pt. as well as the value of a holistic physician that is not rushed

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By Ajey Gore on 11-03-17

the reality of mortality described so beautifully.

this books puts Life and reality of love, life, family and people in a very different perspective. while Paul gone too early, all of us don't have a lot time as well, cherish what you have! loved it.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-02-16

Powerful book

Very rarely, a book comes along that makes you pause and think about what you're doing with your life and what you want to do with it.
This is one of them and it's one of the best. Painful yet absolutely inspiring.

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By Vivian on 09-27-16

Lovely insight into a doctor becoming a patient

I think I cried through most of this book. It is very thought provoking as a doctor, as a surgeon, to rethink what makes me a doctor and what would I be if I am no longer a doctor.
It also describe from a doctor's point of view how it feels like to become a patient.

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By Carol on 07-09-16

When breath becomes air

When I was looking for my next read I came upon It and I was captured from the first paragraph. What a wonderful man, I cried many times during the book. I lost my own father to cancer but was to young and immature to realise the significance of death....forever is a long long time. Thank you Paul

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By Gill Kolk on 05-06-16

A book to treasure

Beautifully written and narrated, its like Paul is there telling you his story himself. Very corageous.

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