March Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Panel Discussion)

  • Start Date Mar 29, 2017 11:45 AM
  • End Date Mar 29, 2017 12:50 PM
  • Location: McDowell Center, MC 100
  • Address: 18600 Haggerty, Livonia, MI
  • Contact: Ela Rybicka, Pageturners Book Club
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  • Phone: (734) 462-7191

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, make a virtuous and meaningful life" 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. When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

Tuesday, March 28th
Book Discussion
1:30 :30 p.m.
Bradner Library, L 105

Wednesday, March 29th
11:45 - 12:50 p.m.
McDowell, MC 100

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