When Breath Becomes Air

Paperback, 256 pages

English language

Published July 29, 2017 by Vintage.

ISBN:
9781784701994
OCLC Number:
968339659

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4 stars (13 reviews)

At the age of thirty-six, 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.

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Review of 'When Breath Becomes Air' on 'OpenLibrary'

4 stars

Small book, liked how the chapters were designed

A hard read coz, 1. Author reflection on self, time & again 2. Is philosophical sometimes 3. Literary references & impressive vocabulary 4. Description of medical conditions & procedures 5. May bring memories if you've cared for someone at hospital 6. Wrote this from death bed 7. A few recurring thoughts

Relatable in, 1. 1st(?) gen Indian-American 2. How a doctor's profession is a job 3. Simple & honest views

A very good read. Strong recommendation.

Left me with these questions, How do you judge a book written by someone from his death bed? How many untold stories could there be of people less fortunate? (Not as rich, no access to quality healthcare, not educated to better understand a disease, not a doctor (the quality of treatment gets better when one is either very rich or in the know-how of the business, …

Review of 'Jeszcze jeden oddech' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Lekarsko - bardzo dobrze, ciekawe wspomnienia, oddana praca lekarza. Historia powołania również.

Od strony pacjenta (druga część książki) - już dużo słabiej. Niby nadal jest sporo wiedzy lekarskiej, lecz ta część jakby słabsza.

Zasadniczo dobra książka, lecz spodziewałem się czegoś "więcej" od głównego tematu książki.

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