The memoir of an idealist neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at 36 gains poignancy from deep reflections on mortality and existence.

After a long study of medicine and specializing in neuroscience, English literature graduate Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with lung cancer that has metastasized. The diagnosis came as a shock and left him with a profound identity crisis. Being a strong physician, now he was left being a patient and being a strong pastoral figure, he was a sheep. A devoted Christian, medicine was not merely a job, it was a calling that provided an answer to his metaphysical questions. His profession defined who he was, and he had not lived to the fullest during the training as a neurosurgeon. Now that he was finally ready, he was preparing to die.

A strong and poignant memoir by a polymath whose deep thoughts can move mountains and readers’ hearts. True lessons about living from a dying man.

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Book Details:

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: January 12, 2016
Pages: 256
Reviewed: January 16, 2017
Author’s Site: Paul Kalanithi

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