When breath becomes air /Edition statement:First edition. Published by : Random House, (New York :) Physical details: 225 pages ; 20 cm. ISBN:9780812988406 (hardback); 081298840X (hardback).
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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 started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed that he had stage IV lung cancer. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. In Breath Becomes Air, Kalanithi approaches questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon and that of a terminally ill patient living in that liminality. 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.