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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
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
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. 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 nurture 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
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 616.99/4240092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC280.L8
LC item number
K35 2016b
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction
Label
When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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
ocn930257497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
241 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410487858
Lccn
2015045943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)930257497
Label
When breath becomes air, Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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
ocn930257497
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
241 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410487858
Lccn
2015045943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)930257497

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