Literature and Medicine: When Breath Becomes Air

November 17, 2016 | 5:30-8PM potluck dinner with discussion to follow
Diastole Scholar's Center, 2501 Holmes Rd.

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. 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 by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life."