CLSC: Lucy Kalanithi, presenting on `When Breath Becomes Air` by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of 36, 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. The New York Times bestseller 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, makes 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.
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, but his book is a life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a man who became both. Through his exquisitely observed memoir, Kalanithi explores the questions: What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? What makes life worth living in the face of death?
Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon, whose writings appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times and The Paris Review Daily. Lucy Kalanithi, his wife, is a clinical instructor of general medical disciplines at Stanford School of Medicine.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:30PM
Location: Hall of Philosophy
Gate Pass is required for this event.
1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, 14722, NY, United States
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