When Breath Becomes Air

What makes human life meaningful? What makes life worth living in the face of death? Such are the philosophical matters that Paul Kalanithi grappled with throughout his life, first as an English literature student, then as a neurosurgeon resident at Stanford and finally as a patient diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. 


I have lived many lives inside this body. I lived many lives before they put me in this body. I will live many lives when they take me out of it.   Of humans and gods. Of souls and spirits and bodies.