Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air

How little do doctors know the hells through which we put patients.

Paul Kalanithi was completing his residency as a neurosurgeon, and was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer, and his dream life was immediately put on hold. In his book When Breath Becomes Air, he deftly discusses life, love, and the meaning of loss. It also explores the balance between patient and doctor, and how each perspective can teach you about the importance of both.

His understanding of life and his lifelong quest to find meaning in life and how our brains and bodies shape our experience is fascinating and heartwarming. It is a beautifully written book, one that captures the pain of a dream life being taken away and understanding how to prepare for death. I have not read a book that was as emotional since Tuesdays with Morrie, and if that is not enough to recommend this I do not know what is. This is an important read and one that you will not regret.