When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this memoir.