When Breath Becomes Air

“It’s very easy to be number one: find the guy who is number one, and score one point higher than he does.”

If the unexamined life was not worth living, was the unlived life worth examining?

And medical schools had discontinued their support of the practice of robbing graves to procure cadavers—that looting itself a vast improvement over murder, a means once common enough to warrant its own verb: burke, which the OED defines as “to kill secretly by suffocation or strangulation, or for the purpose of selling the victim’s body for dissection.”)

with meaning, identity, and death. Concomitant

with meaning, identity, and death. Concomitant

Patients, when hearing the news, mostly remain mute. (One of the early meanings of patient, after all, is “one who endures hardship without complaint.”)

after gently explaining to a mother that her newborn had been born without a brain and would die shortly,

an IV placed, for example, you can actually

even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living.