Breathing New Life Into a Familiar Topic: A Review of Michael Stephen’s ‘Breath Taking’

Breathing New Life Into a Familiar Topic: A Review of Michael Stephen’s ‘Breath Taking’

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Breathing New Life Into a Familiar Topic: A Review of Michael Stephen’s ‘Breath Taking’

Having a chronic illness, or caring for someone who does, means spending a lot of time thinking about an organ or body system, usually in a very specific way. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the lungs of my younger sister, Mary, who has CF. I’ve stressed over pulmonary function test scores. I’ve piped icing in the shape of lungs onto cakes to celebrate lung-versaries (transplant anniversaries). But reading “Breath Taking: The Power,…

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