A second surgeon said an operation might work, "so I thought about that, and then I thought, 'No – this is absolutely absurd! I don't want to live forever.'"
So he decided to skip the scalpel. "Some people are terrified of being dead, which I find incomprehensible. I'm sure I have many kinds of egotism, but that's one I don't have."
No fear of death, just a strong desire to last long enough to finish this book.