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When he was 36 and on the verge of completing 10 year's worth of neurosurgery training, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with lung cancer. In one moment he went from being a doctor treating the sick and dying, to becoming a patient himself. This book follows Kalanithi's life and career, from a medical student trying to find out what makes life meaningful, to a neurosurgeon working with the core of human identity, to his transformation into a cancer patient and a new father. When faced with death, what is it that makes life worth living? How do you react when your life is catastrophically halted? What does is mean to have a child when your own life is fading away? While working on When Breath Becomes Air, Kalanithi passed away, but his words live on as a guide for those of us still here. This book is a life-affirming story that reflects on what it means to face our own mortality. 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times