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[Perspectives] Paul Kalanithi: fathoming humanity

A growing number of doctors—myself included—have picked up the pen in recent years, writing memoirs in response to what feels like an insatiable curiosity among the lay population to discover what it is that we medics are really made of. But the latest book to emerge from this genre, Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air (video), is in a class of its own.