Publisher's Summary

The New York Times number-one best seller.
At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?
Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
©2016 Paul Kalanithi (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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"Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.... Unmissable." ( New York Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 09-07-2016

When breath becomes air

When I was looking for my next read I came upon It and I was captured from the first paragraph. What a wonderful man, I cried many times during the book. I lost my own father to cancer but was to young and immature to realise the significance of death....forever is a long long time. Thank you Paul

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5 out of 5 stars
By Balaji Dorairajan on 05-07-2018

one of the best book i would recommend.

fantastic book. Good narration. Show how we need to value our gifted life every moment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 15-06-2018

A must for anyone in healthcare

Truly a beautiful read and an inspiring man.
I believe should be required reading for any aspiring to join the healthcare field.
It is in essence an amazing and heart wrenching insight into what it can mean to practice medicine and an exploration understanding and coming to terms with death from multiple perspectives.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 23-05-2018

Heart Touch

I cried A lot
My friend suggested me to read this... Goodbwork by kalanithi... Luved it

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By Vivian on 27-09-2016

Lovely insight into a doctor becoming a patient

I think I cried through most of this book. It is very thought provoking as a doctor, as a surgeon, to rethink what makes me a doctor and what would I be if I am no longer a doctor.
It also describe from a doctor's point of view how it feels like to become a patient.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nash Hon on 02-10-2016

Powerful book

Very rarely, a book comes along that makes you pause and think about what you're doing with your life and what you want to do with it.
This is one of them and it's one of the best. Painful yet absolutely inspiring.

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