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When Breath Becomes Air ❰Download❯ ➾ When Breath Becomes Air Author Paul Kalanithi – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer Just like that the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated Kalanithi On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer Just like that the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naive medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain the most critical place for human identity and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

  • Hardcover
  • 209 pages
  • When Breath Becomes Air
  • Paul Kalanithi
  • 21 August 2016
  • 9781410487858

About the Author: Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi MD was a neurosurgeon and writer Paul grew up in Kingman Arizona before attending Stanford University from which he graduated in with a BA and MA in English Literature and a BA in Human Biology He earned an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge before attending medical school In Paul graduated cum laude f.



10 thoughts on “When Breath Becomes Air

  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    I finished the book I'm glad that I perservered with it It's uite an odd book and an overall rating might be the sum of the parts but is not going to reflect the writing or content of those parts Ratings part I 1 star part II 3 stars and part III 5 starsThe first part the foreword by Abraham Verghese was verbose hagiographic and contradictory view spoilerie full of shit hide spoiler

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    As I finished this book with tears running down my face I asked myself Why did you read this book? You know it was going to be sad how could a man dying of lung cancer before the age of forty be anything but Yet to just classify this memoir to classify this novel as such is to devalue the man he was He was a lover of literature a neurosurgeon a scientist a son and brother a husband and father He tried to live each day to the best of his ability he helped many and he acknowledged the doctor patient relationship had a big disconnect with the reality of life how their lives would change after being diagnosed with a serious illness He was not a saint he cried when given a death sentence but his thoughts were not always for him he always wanted to make sure his wife had a life after he was gone So in many ways this was a profoundly beautiful read by a remarkable man His wife says it best What happened to Paul was tragic but he was not a tragedy

  3. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    A gasping desperate powerful little book bigger on the inside than outside It's a little bit about dying but about being alive

  4. Aisling Aisling says:

    Oh dear I was always told not to speak ill of the dead It feels awful to give a three star rating to a nice guy by all accounts who is now dead But I simply did not find this book compelling or insightful enough It is mildly interesting to learn about neurosurgery as a specialty and to read the author's thoughts as he faced diagnosis illness and then death I always felt that the author was holding back; that it was too clinical too calm just not passionate enough The first time I felt that I was reading something worthwhile was in the 26 page epilogue by the author's wife I guess the best way to say it is this; this is a uick read And of course it should not be

  5. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    I don't think you should read this book because the story of an incredibly gifted man who had his life taken away at such a young age might give you the motivation to live life fully I think you should read this book because that talented inspiring man has incredibly important things to say derived from his own experiences and it's important to listen and learn from them Read this book with the knowledge that you might not always be able to understand everything someone goes through but you can set aside the time to listen to their story and hopefully give them the dignity and respect they deserve as a human being in life or death “Human knowledge is never contained in one person It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world and still it is never complete” Paul Kalanithi

  6. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    Do yourself a favour and don't listened to the ending of this book while doing your makeupTheres no way to review a book where the author died too young from cancer leaving his wife and 8 months old baby behind without feeling like an asshole for not giving it 5 starsThat’s why often than not I don’t give a rating to the autobiographies I read I just don’t feel comfortable rating someone’s lifeCancer and the death of a close one is something most of us unfortunately can relate to and I think it’s why this book got so popularI’m glad the author was able to write this book since it was his dream but in my opinion the best part of it was the epilogue from his wife I’m sure it’s where most of us ended up ugly crying

  7. Iris P Iris P says:

    Sharing this interesting New York Times interview with Dr Lucy KalanithiShe sounds like a very special person tooUpgrading this to 5 stars not sure why I didn't beforeAfter finishing this profound emotional memoir I feel like I lost a good friendThank you Paul Kalanithi for this beautiful gift you left for us wherever you are Paul Kalanithi Baby Cady during his last days of life Kalanithi with wife Lucy and Baby CadyI was going to try to write a longer review but my mind is not into it these daysAll I can say this book will stay with me for a long time and everything good you've heard about how amazing it is it's than well deservedSad poignant raw beautiful

  8. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    11216 Update Just wanted to mention that this book goes on sale today Its an amazing storyPaul Kalanithi studied literature at Stanford University For his thesis he studied the work of Walt Whitman a poet who a century before was possessed by the same uestions that haunted him Kalanithi wanted to find a way to understand and describe what he termed the Physiological Spiritual Man Kalanithi had a passion for literature He began to see language as an almost supernatural force existing between people bringing our brains shielded in centimeter thick skulls into communion There must be a way I thought that the language of life as experienced – – of passion hunger of love – – bore some relationship however convoluted to the language of neurons digestive tracks and heartbeatsPaul Kalanithi's thesis was well received but neuroscience as literary criticism didn't uite fit in the English Department nor did he There was a uestion he couldn't let go of Where did Biology morality literature and philosophy intersect?Kalanithi consulted a premed advisor set aside his passion for literature and figured out the logistics to get ready for medical school He was still searching for answers to the uestion what makes human life meaningful even in the face of death and decay?When he was in his fourth year medical school he watched many classmates choose to specialize in less demanding areas radiology or dermatology for example It puzzled him that many students focused on lifestyle specialities those with humane hours higher salaries and lower pressures For himself he chose neurosurgery as a specialty Kalanithi was diagnosed with Cancer he actually was almost certain he had cancer many months before getting an X Ray or MRI Once it was clear that the cancer had invaded multiple organ systems severe illness wasn' life altering it was life shattering decisions needed to be made His wife Lucy father siblings doctors were all involved and chemo would start soon Clarifying the rest of his life only age 36 at the time was going to be a process He and Lucy went to visit a sperm bank to preserve gametes and options They had planned on having kids at the end of his residency To think Paul Kalanithi wrote this book relentlessly fueled with purpose during the last year of his life never got to finish his life's plan yet he still worked that last year But he was racing against time With this book he was hoping to confront death examine it accept it as a physician and a patient He wanted to help other people understand death and face their mortality It's not exoticbut tragic enough and imaginable enough he says There is a beautiful but so sad Epilogue by Lucy from Paul's wife at the end of the book Their baby had been born eight months before Paul died March 9th 2015 Lucy reports that Paul let himself be vulnerable and comforted by family and friends and even when terminally ill he remained fully alive Thank You Random House Netgalley and Paul and Lucy Kalanithi

  9. Justin Justin says:

    I read this almost two months ago and realized I never reviewed it When I finished the book I just couldn't review it It's a small book but it's powerful I didn't shed any tears at the end of it but I remember sitting there physically shaking and feeling really numb and tingly A book has never impacted me that way before and I'm not even sure why I read the book in the first place since I knew what I was getting myself into Wait I know why I wanted to read it It was very therapeutic for me I don't want to pull back the curtain too far on my life but I've seen the havoc cancer causes out of nowhere in people's lives People very close to me I've held my grandmother's hand as she took her last breath after battling pancreatic cancer My grandfather wasn't far behind her thanks to cancer in his lungs and throat My dad has been battling colon cancer for the last two years He's up and down I think chemo does bad than good It's definitely taken its toll on him but he's fighting All this cancer and death hitting so close to home left me in this weird phase two years ago where I got to learn what a panic attack feels like It's like having a heart attack but not really but close It's scary I think cancer blasting through my family while I was in the process of trying to move across the country just really shook me up I still deal with the effects of it sometimes I think God was just trying to show me there are some things in life I can't control I can pick my job my house what to watch on Netflix but I have no power over death or cancer or a heart attack or a car crash or any of it YeahSo this book was helpful I felt like I really connected with it and it was something I needed to read You might not have uite the same reaction but I still highly recommend reading it Fiction is always great to escape the dark realities of the world we live in but sometimes confronting those realities head on is extremely beneficial

  10. Philipp Philipp says:

    alternative title How the upper class diesAutobiographical book by a guy who's trained and studied all his life nearly became a writer then chose to become a doctor instead that's what happens when you come from a family of medical doctors and is diagnosed with cancer at the end of his training Torschlusspanik 1 sets in and he has to write that one book he always wanted to write It's partially an autobiography of his training a hymn to his wife and a bit on patient doctor relationshipSometimes it's way too pretentious for its own good lots of classical lit lots of poetry uotes lots of namedropping who on earth reads Wittgenstein to a newborn?? and sometimes it's too sentimental and just straight up walks into Tuesdays with Morrie territory It is not an ugly death for that the family is too well trained in medicine to fight ultimately senseless fights too well acuainted with death to cause a fuss too rich to die in a dump too well connected to suffer bad doctorsThe last chapter written by the wife after his death is probably the best still I wouldn't recommend it not much new not that interesting 2 Would make a good book for Oprah's Book ClubI can guarantee you that yours and my death will be much worse than what is described here Here there is no constant vomiting no blood no mucus no week long screaming from the pain Death is too clean like the book itself1 One of the best words we have in German literally gate closing panic it usually denotes a woman who starts to behave unusual once she realises that her child bearing age window is closing but it can be used to describe everyone who starts to behave unusual once time starts to run out2 It feels extremely mean to write that about a guy's work who has just died

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