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Book Club Kit. When breath becomes air

Author: Paul Kalanithi; A Verghese
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Paul Kalanithi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kalanithi; A Verghese
ISBN: 9780812988406 081298840X 9781410487858 1410487857
OCLC Number: 974395454
Notes: Please note: Entire book club kit must be checked out.
Kit includes 11 copies of the title plus 1 large print copy and a reading guide in a canvas book bag with identification tag.
Description: 12 books and 1 reading guide ; in canvas bag (42 x 36 cm)
Other Titles: When breath becomes air
Book club kit
Responsibility: Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese.
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"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present? When faced with a terminal diagnosis, what does it mean to have a child, to nuture a new life as another one fades away? As Paul wrote, "Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. But now I knew it acutely. The problem wasn't really a scientific one. The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live." Paul Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, while working on this book"--Provided by publisher.

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