• Paul Kalanithi
  • By Paul Kalanithi
  • Paul Kalanithi, M.D.
  • Paul KalanithiPost-doc -2015

When Breath Becomes Air


In this 1:2:1 podcast, Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi opens up about his battle with terminal lung cancer and how he is facing his own mortality.

Er ist Mediziner, rettet anderen Menschen das Leben. Dann bekommt er selbst die Diagnose Krebs, unheilbar. US-Arzt Paul Kalanithi hat seine letzten Monate aufgeschrieben – und das, was ihm Hoffnung gab.


Paul Kalanithi - The Huffington Post

On afternoon rounds in the hospital, I often share with my medical students an essay written by a 36-year-old neurosurgeon named Paul Kalanithi. I introduce the piece, “Before I Go,” which appeared in Stanford Medicine shortly before the author died, as the most moving thing ever written by a physician. In just over a thousand words, Kalanithi confronts his terminal illness — metastatic lung cancer — as well as the elasticity of time, and concludes with a heartbreaking message for his daughter, Cady.