Paul er 36 år gammel og på nippet til at færdiggøre sin ti år lange uddannelse som neurokirurg, da han får konstateret lungecancer i stadie 4. Den ene dag er han en læge, der behandler de syge og døende, den næste er han selv en patient, der kæmper for sit liv.
"When Breath B... ecomes Air" er den unge neurokirurgs dybt bevægende erindringsbog, hvori han deler sine tanker om livet, når man står ansigt til ansigt med en terminal kræftdiagnose. For hvad gør livet værd at leve, når døden banker på og hvad betyder det at få et barn, når ens eget liv ebber ud?
"When Breath Becomes Air" er Paul Kalanithis (1977-2015) utrolige fortælling om livet før og efter diagnosen, skrevet under hans drænende sygdomsforløb og færdiggjort af hans kone efter Pauls død i marts 2015.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor, the next he was a patient struggling to live. In this book, he offers a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient.PRIZES:Short-listed for Wellcome Book Prize 2017 (UK)Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2017 (UK)
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERTHE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York TimesAt the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
" This is a tough read, at the same time devastating and uplifting. It's about life when lived on the edge of death, when you suddenly know your time is near but you don't know exactly how near. It's an attempt to share how it feels, one man's account of how he tried to determine what really mattered to him when his time was running out, how it changed him, and how the final months from his diagnosis and until he passed consisted of both great moments, everyday moments and painful, terrifying moments. The story has the added twist of being written by a neurosurgeon turned patient and it's a well written little masterpiece even though Kalanithi never had the opportunity to finish it himself. I was quite moved."
"Virkelig rørende bog der handler om at mødet med døden, og giver et unikt indblik i livet som læge. En meget modig og hudløst ærlig bog - skrevet af en døende mand - formentlig for at give os levende noget at tænke over (hvad er vigtigt?). Bogen sætter sig fast baghovedet - ikke lige til at ryste af sig. Kan varmt anbefales som en anderledes læseoplevelse. Husk en kleenex til det sidste kapitel! :-)"
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