How exactly does one go from being a doctor to a patient? After years of training to be a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at a very young 36 years old. Since he was a child, he was fascinated with life and death. After being diagnosed, Kalanithi really started to grapple with his own mortality. In When Breath Becomes Air, he chronicles his journey from his first love, witnessing his first birth and first death, his advancement in his career and his own battle with cancer. A central theme throughout the book is the question what makes life worth living? When Breath Becomes Air is a very thought provoking and emotional book. Its one that will stay with you for a long time after reading.
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 na?ive 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.