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    I loved this book.

    When Breath Becomes Air has changed my life. No, that's not an extreme statement. When your perspective is broadened, your thinking changes, and your own way of living opens up for self-examination. All of this impacts how you move forward with your life...thus the change. Paul Kalanithi's memoir offers perspective about living in regards to the detached medical science of function, the philosophy and theology of being present, and the desperate need we all have to process and feel human emotion. I am urged to view my physicians as emotional human beings and not the white coats with all (or none) of the answers. I am urged to show love and appreciation daily to my family. I am urged to confront my discomfort and make every effort to spend time and unfiltered conversation with the terminally ill. What true perspective we miss out on when we withdraw from the dying, but the true tragedy is how avoidance negatively impacts quality of life and authentic human connections. I loved this book.
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    Couldn't put it down

    One of the best books I have ever read. Well written and honest. Rarely does such writing bring tears to my eyes.
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    Honest and clear

    A journey through life when faced with a terminal illness. A very honest examination of this aspect of how to live fully while dying. Because he is a phyician, he brings unique views to this passage. Well written, emotional.
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    Excellent

    I enjoyed the book, it was well written and gave me a very good perspective, not that I am a doctor, but could understand and feel respect for Paul. Thank you for the good read.
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    WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

    An up front and center recounting of a neurosurgeon's experience with terminal cancer and ultimate death as seen through his eyes as a doctor and patient. It is an emotional, gripping story about change, loss, grief, love, adaptation, support, and coming to terms with one's mortality,told by a brilliant and well educated man who had worked tirelessly to attain his life's work only to have his future snatched from him far too soon. He approaches his terminal illness with grace and bravery, maitaini g meaning in his life by writing about his experience. An interesting, sad, yet triumphant story offering unique insight into living and coping with as well as dying from, terminal disease. His wife's epilogue is moving. I feel honoured to have read tbis man's story, his personal journey, and am pleased that his book was able to be published.
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