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The Resource When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese

When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese

Label
When breath becomes air
Title
When breath becomes air
Statement of responsibility
Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese
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Language
eng
Summary
"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present? When faced with a terminal diagnosis, what does it mean to have a child, to nuture a new life as another one fades away? 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"--
Summary
A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes a meaningful life
Tone
Award
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2016
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
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10462715
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
616.99/424
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC280.L8
LC item number
K35 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Abraham Verghese -- Prologue -- In perfect health I begin -- Cease not till death -- Epilogue / by Lucy Kalanithi
Control code
20471066
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xix, 228 pages
Isbn
9780812988406
Lccn
2015023815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn909925278
Label
When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Abraham Verghese -- Prologue -- In perfect health I begin -- Cease not till death -- Epilogue / by Lucy Kalanithi
Control code
20471066
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xix, 228 pages
Isbn
9780812988406
Lccn
2015023815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn909925278

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