Amid death’s throes, young doctor examines life for meaning
By age 36, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi had earned five degrees across various fields and was at the end of a residency at Stanford. Then he was diagnosed with lung cancer, a disease that killed him 22 months later. Facing death, he wrote “When Breath Becomes Air,” a memoir of his search for meaning in his last days. His widow, Lucy Kalanithi, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the book.