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When breath becomes air

Author: Paul Kalanithi; A Verghese; Sunil Malhotra; Cassandra Campbell
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Random House Audio, [2016] ℗2016
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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: Autobiographies
Autobiography
Audiobooks
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Paul Kalanithi
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Sound Recording, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kalanithi; A Verghese; Sunil Malhotra; Cassandra Campbell
ISBN: 9781524708146 1524708143 9780399566189 039956618X
OCLC Number: 925473796
Notes: Compact disc.
Title from container.
Performer(s): Read by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell.
Description: 5 audio discs (5 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Foreword / by Abraham Verghese --
Prologue --
In perfect health I begin --
Cease not till death --
Epilogue / by Lucy Kalanithi.
Responsibility: Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese.

Abstract:

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. 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 nurture 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.

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