Dr. Kalanithi was a chief resident in Neurosurgery at Stanford University when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. “When Breath becomes Air,” is a touching chronicle of his initial journey into medicine and neurosurgery and subsequent transition to the role of patient after his cancer diagnosis. This profoundly moving memoir is a tribute to his young life and family that he had to leave behind, but also a sad glimpse of the potential that this promising young doctor and author never will attain.
About Breena Taira, MD MPHDirector of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine