When Breath Becomes Air
At the era of thirty-six, for the verge of completing a decade’s importance of training being a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was told they have stage IV carcinoma of the lung. One day he became a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was obviously a patient struggling to reside in. And just like that, the long term he and the wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from your naïve medical student “possessed,” because he wrote, “by the question with the items, since all organisms die, is really a virtuous and meaningful life” to a neurosurgeon at Stanford doing work in the brain, probably the most critical area for human identity, and finally in a patient and new father confronting his personal mortality.
What makes life worth moving into the face of death? What do you do when the long run, don’t a ladder toward your goals in daily life, flattens out in to a perpetual present? What does it mean undertake a child, to nurture a different life as another fades away? These are a few of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working away at this book, yet his words live on as being a guide as well as a gift to people. “I started realize that coming in person with my mortality, in a way, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett started to repeat around my head: ‘I can’t carry on. I’ll continue.’” When Breath Becomes Air is definitely an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection about the challenge of facing death and about the relationship between doctor and patient, coming from a brilliant writer who became both.