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Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine


For the entire year of 2018 we'll be exploring death, dying and the afterlife by reading books that challenge our assumptions and push the boundaries of our belief systems about these "taboo" topics.

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 JANUARY 2018 Book Selection:


At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

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FEBRUARY 2018 Book Selection:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory

 by Caitlin Doughty

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MARCH 2018 Book Selection:

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

by Katy Butler

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APRIL 2018 Book Selection

Grace and Grit:

Spirituality and Healing in the Life of Treya Killam Wilber

by Ken Wilber

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MAY 2018 Book Selection:

Sacred Dying: 

Creating Rituals for Embracing 

the End of Life

by Megory Anderson

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JUNE 2018 Book Selection:

Choosing to Die: A Personal Story

by Phyllis Shacter

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