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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


Book synopsis: 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 most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

Getting a copy of the book: When you opt-in online to the KUMC One Book program, you will receive information about book pick up dates to get your free copy of When Breath Becomes Air. Supplies are limitedCopies of the book are also available for checkout in the Dykes, Clendening and Farha Libraries. 

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Last modified: Apr 21, 2017