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A Strange Relativity: Altered Time for Surgeon-Turned-Patient

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Published on Feb 19, 2015

Paul Kalanithi, MD, was a Stanford neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer in his mid-30s. He wrote a popular op-ed for The New York Times in early 2014 on confronting mortality. Here, he reflects on his changing perception of time as doctor, patient and new father. He died at 37 on March 9. The Stanford community mourns his loss.

Read Kalanithi’s essay in Stanford Medicine magazine: http://stanford.io/1EpjliY

Read his New York Times op-ed, "How Long Have I Got?": http://stanford.io/18gBp2B

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