When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2008 - Medical - 272 pages
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The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon.

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick Jr., MD, 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

Half Title
Thanks for Everything
The Museum of Pain
Ailments Untreatable
Surgical Psychopaths
If It Was Easy Everyone Would Do
A Bit of Hard Cheese
Rebecca
Nightmares Past and Future
The Wheel of Life
Belonging
Postscript
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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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