When Breath Becomes Air chornicles the life of Paul Kalanithi who after having completed a decade long training as a neurosurgeon is confronted with being diagnosed of lung cancer.
From being one who treated serious patients to being a patient with a terminal disease, Kalanithi began penning this auto-biography after he was once diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and was once counting days.
This is a moving story about Kalanithi’s own life: from being a student pondering over the meaningfulness of life to a famous neurosurgeon who operated brains that deals with the core of human identity, to being a new father at a time when his own life is awaiting an uncanny end.
In writing about his own life, Kalanithi puts forth some reflecting questions: what is a person supposed to do when his life is catastrophically bring to an end? What makes a life admirable and worth living right in the face of death? And, in spite of everything, what does it mean to have a child right when one’s own life is at the verge of perennial slumber?
Paul Kalanithi gave up the ghost even as working at the book yet ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is thought of as a profound reflection at the acceptance of mortality and at the relationship between a patient and a doctor, all from an writer, who had to face it all.
About the writer:
Paul Kalanithi: A neurosurgeon who took to writing, Paul Kalanithi held degrees in human biology, English Literature and history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge and Stanford Universities before in spite of everything graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He was once also bestowed with the highest award for research in the field of medicine by the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.