Brenna Kirkpatrick

breathTitle: When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi

Student: Brenna Kirkpatrick

Why this book?  Kalanithi beautifully illustrates the humanistic component of medicine through the memoir of his journey to becoming a chief neurosurgery resident and, ultimately, confronting terminal metastatic cancer. My goal as a Learning Lab Intern and an undergraduate student has been to draw parallels between the natural sciences and humanities and to evaluate the interdisciplinary nature of medical practice. Kalanithi’s impassioned candor in When Breath Becomes Air has significantly informed my approach to my education and to my future clinical career.

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