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Time and death

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.

RELATED: Read Kalanithi’s essay in Stanford Medicine magazine, as well as his New York Times op-ed “How Long Have I Got?

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