Goodreads review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An incredible achievement for someone ravaged by grief, pain, illness, and loneliness; Kalanithi manages to leave us with a cautionary tale against taking life for granted; against cookie-cutter, quickie medicine; and against physician burnout (seen in his own resident doctor).

A neurosurgeon is such a unique personality. When two millimeters mean a miracle or malpractice, you don’t express your depth with passionate phrases and laying your soul bare. You do so in the careful, measured tones of someone who knows how to tell someone her 2-year-old didn’t survive.

Yes, the literary references are too frequent and too jarring; they read like someone trying to show off how much the read, sometimes. The five stars are because most people can’t write like this while in perfect health.

Not everyone is Elizabeth Gilbert. There is more than one kind of memorist.

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ConsumerLab vs. Labdoor: Rating the Supplement Rating Sites

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The sheer volume and variety of dietary supplement products now available to our patients is enough to boggle even the most well-informed mind.

They vary very widely in their price points, their quality of manufacture, and the uses for which they’re promoted. A quick walk through the supplement section at any large health food store will corroborate that fact.