When The Air Hits Your Brain: Tales From Neurosurgery

When The Air Hits Your Brain: Tales From Neurosurgery

  • Publish Date: 2008-03-17
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Frank T. Vertosick Jr.
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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 Vertosicks 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. For the patient, an operation is a single defining moment. For the neurosurgeon, each moment in the operating room represents the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft. When these two join there is drama, often too much of it. This book tells the story of Frank Vertosick's metamorphosis from naive intern to neurosurgeon through intimate portraits of his patients and nerve-jangling descriptions of surgical procedures. Riveting, poignant, and sometimes shockingly funny, When the Air Hits Your Brain is a remarkable account of the mysteries of the mind and the operating room.

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