When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

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W. W. Norton, 2008 - Medical - 272 pages
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With poignant insight and humor, When the Air Hits Your Brain chronicles one man's evolution from na´ve and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. In electrifying detail, Frank Vertosick Jr. describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain—the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft—illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

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User Review  - awomanonabike - LibraryThing

A short medical memoir, not the kind of book I normally read, but I found it in Foyles when I was browsing in the medical section and dipped into it and enjoyed what I found. I felt the author was ... Read full review

WHEN THE AIR HITS YOUR BRAIN: Tales of Neurosurgery

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Well-told tales from the operating room by a thoughtful, almost humble neurosurgeon. Rule one of neurosurgery, ``You ain't never the same when the air hits your brain,'' appears to have a corollary ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
The Rules of the Game
21
Slackers Keeners and Wild Cards
25
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Frank Vertosick Jr., MD, is the author of Why We Hurt and The Genius Within. He retired from surgery due to Parkinson’s disease in 2002, but he still treats office patients in Washington, Pennsylvania.

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