This piece he wrote shortly before he died is well worth your time.
indeed... so perfect... great piece, thanks for sharing...
It saddens me immensely that we have lost such a talented, tremendous person so early.
The world is a darker place without bright lights like that guy.
That's way too young.
I find as I slowly get older that more and more people that I know or know about have passed, this is a constant reminder to me to get out of bed each day and to use the time as good as I can, and somehow when announcements like these hit they rub in much harder than anything else could that I'm failing in this respect.
So young and such an impressive list of achievements, and by reading the words linked from other comments here such a gentle and nice person.
My dad told me he measured his age by how often he had to wear black, at 37 the meaning of that had not yet set in, but every year it gets a little bit more clear, and whenever someone younger than me dies it hits much harder than when someone older dies.
This man had more potential for the remainder and has achieved more at 37 than I'll probably manage in my lifetime even though I am already much older and (probably, hopefully) still have quite a few years in front of me.
Unless you mean a 4chan-style "Anon" checkbox for ease of use?
Another piece he wrote recently which adds valuable perspective on what it's like to be diagnosed with a serious illness:
I'm not far from Dr. Kalanthi's age. I wish I could be as 1/10th as reflective and eloquent as he is in facing an untimely death just as his hard work and studies were paying off:
> For a few months, I’d suspected I had cancer. I had seen a lot of young patients with cancer. So I wasn’t taken aback. In fact, there was a certain relief. The next steps were clear: Prepare to die. Cry. Tell my wife that she should remarry, and refinance the mortgage. Write overdue letters to dear friends. Yes, there were lots of things I had meant to do in life, but sometimes this happens: Nothing could be more obvious when your day’s work includes treating head trauma and brain cancer.
We could easily be diagnosed with something tomorrow and be dead within two years, and probably nothing can save us.
While it's true that you could easily be killed tomorrow in a car accident, I think many of us really believe that we have more agency when it comes to accidental death. That we're the savvy pedestrian, the defensive driver who won't be a statistic. We're smart and quick enough to make the right decision when it comes to car accidents.
But things like aggressive lung cancer? You're probably a goner, and no amount of intelligence or quick reaction can save you. And we know that.
It's a very disempowering feeling.
I hope his daughter comes to understand how much comfort it must have brought him to have known her.
It was indeed a rude awakening a few days ago to find out via Twitter how Dr. Kalanithi had passed away. It seemed sudden, in your face, powerful, painful and relentless especially related to a man I have never met.
It shows you that disease, life, and ultimately death does not discriminate against anyone and can hit at anytime - even those who work day in and day out to heel others. It shows how precious, fragile and relentless life truly is, how lucky we are to be here, commenting on the latest Macbook or tinkering away at our projects. The world and time, like Paul said, doesn't stop for anyone, it just keeps going. And it's best to go with it and try to make the most out of what you're given.
If one can learn anything from his journey, and his eloquent writings, it is that we must always move forward at a constant rate and be grateful for each day, pursue it intelligently, happily and full of energy.
Our time is limited and when you see such a tragic case of life (and death) unfold before you, for many via the Internet - you stop for a second and think - but hopefully, only for that second as time just keeps ticking away.
This may sound like cliche but I believe it is truth
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.(Edmund Burke)
Question is what can we do to improve it?
Things like easiest things to do is spend some money on organization supporting research, helping those in need in general.
Help research by joining folding@home, rosetta@home or other distributed computing project.
Spend some time helping in some charity.
This is a little but it might help to safe life someone you know. I am curious if there is some other plan for this.
My best to you, Dr. Kalanithi.
Truly though, article and content posting like this are what make HN such a great place. I would have never seen this had I not read this site. Thank you for posting it mikecircle.
Rest well, Paul.
After reading his writing I am very saddened to hear that he never got to write his book - he is an amazing writer and thinker. (http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015spring/before-i-go.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/opinion/sunday/how-long-ha...)
To lose a father at that age... the picture is truly heart breaking
Thank you for the post & all those who upvoted a great human being.