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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. One day you are a doctor making a living treating the dying, the next a patient dying, struggling to live. 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; and what happens when life is catastrophically interrupted? 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. With a foreword by Dr Abraham Verghese and an epilogue by the authors wife, Lucy.

Product Details

Title: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Random House UK
ISBN: 9781847923677
SKU: BK0298590
EAN: 9781847923677
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

PAUL KALANITHI was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in English literature, human biology, and history and philoso­phy of science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neu­rological Surgery’s highest award for research. His reflections on doctoring and illness have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily. Kalanithi died in March 2015, aged 37. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

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