Paul Kalanithi (April 1, 1977-March 9, 2015) was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer. He was a neurosurgical chief resident when he contracted stage IV metastatic lung cancer and died. His book, When Breath Becomes Air, is a memoir about his life and illness. Paul said, “The cost of my dedication to succeed was high, and the ineluctable failures brought me nearly unbearable guilt. Those burdens are what make medicine holy and wholly impossible: in taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.” (Random House: New York, 2016) p. 98.