When breath becomes air.
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : The Bodley Head, 2016.
ISBN: 1847923674 9781847923677 (hbk): 12.99
You are a young neurosurgeon. You have completed 11 years of training. You are devoted to your work and on the brink of a wonderful career. Then you are diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. 'When Breath Becomes Air' is an unforgettable reflection on the practice of medicine and the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
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A brilliant book. In the first half Kalanithi describes his pathway into neurosurgery and his developing career. One wonders how anyone can survive the pressures and responsibilities of neurosurgery (read Henry Marsh's "Do No Harm" for more about that). The second half of the book describes Kalanithi's experiences after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his 30s. He well captures the ups and downs of not knowing whether he will live for 1 month or 1 year or, perhaps, even 10 years. Even with a terminal illness human beings want some sense of a map of the future - uncertainty is hard to endure. Read this book!
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