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When breath becomes air / Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese.

Kalanithi, Paul, (author.). Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955- (writer of foreword.).
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  • 66 of 82 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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9 current holds with 82 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch B KALANIT KAL (Text) 34207001979070 Adult Non-Fiction Biographies Checked out 07/10/2018
Akron Carnegie PL - Akron B KAL (Text) 75253000052428 Adult Biography Available -
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria B KAL (Text) 37521530729377 AMPL Adult Nonfiction Checked out 07/10/2018
Attica PL - Attica 616.99 KALANITHI, PAUL (Text) 74231000115580 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 07/10/2018
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 616.99 KALANITHI (Text) 34706001535444 Non-Fiction 600-699 Checked out 07/10/2018
Benton Co PL - Fowler B KALANITHI (Text) 34044000876068 Adult Biography On holds shelf -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 92 KAL (Text) 36803000968342 BIOGRAPHY On holds shelf -
Brownstown PL - Brownstown 92 KALANIT (Text) 79361000096376 Adult Nonfiction - Biography Available -
Cambridge City PL - Cambridge City B Kal (Text) 76893000260209 Adult Biographies Checked out 07/11/2018
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola B KALANITHI (Text) 33118000173160 Adult: Biography On holds shelf -
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  • ISBN: 9780812988406
  • ISBN: 081298840X
  • Physical Description: xix, 228 pages ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / by Abraham Verghese -- Prologue -- In perfect health I begin -- Cease not till death -- Epilogue / by Lucy Kalanithi.
Summary, etc.:
"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present? When faced with a terminal diagnosis, what does it mean to have a child, to nuture a new life as another one fades away? As Paul wrote, "Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. But now I knew it acutely. The problem wasn't really a scientific one. The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live." Paul Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, while working on this book"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Kalanithi, Paul > Health.
Lungs > Cancer > Patients > United States > Biography.
Neurosurgeons > Biography.
Husband and wife.
MEDICAL / General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying.
Genre: Biographies.

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