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Lucy Kalanithi: Work, life, grief, love

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1220
Duncan Smith


Lucy Kalanithi is an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School in California and is the widow of Paul Kalanithi, whose posthumous reflection on death and meaning, When Breath Becomes Air, became a worldwide bestseller in 2016. The couple met at Yale School of Medicine and had been married for nearly a decade when Paul, a neurosurgeon, had lung cancer diagnosed. Lucy finished the book after Paul’s death. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has been recognised by the Massachusetts General Cancer Center’s “The One Hundred” initiative, which recognises 100 individuals who are changing cancer treatment. She serves on leadership boards for the Coalition to …

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