Book recommendation

I have been recommending this book every chance I get.

It tells the true story of Paul Kalanithi, a 37 year old man finishing up a ten year medical residency as a neurosurgeon, who is suddenly diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. He wrote this book as he went through his treatment and the last couple of years of his life. It is not a big book, but it well written, honest, and real. It lets you walk with a cancer patient and his wife as he receives treatment, finds out what it is like to experience medicine as a patient, instead of a doctor, rediscover his faith, and deliberate whether to have a child, knowing he will not be around to help her grow up. There is humor. There are tears. The Afterward, written by his wife, still bears the stains of my tears.

There is a copy in our church book exchange. Get it from the library, buy it (and give your copy to someone else when you’re done), get it electronically, but get it.

Meet Dr Kalanithi here: spoiler alert-it answers one of the questions above.

And hanky alert…






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