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.
©2008 Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., MD (P)2016 Tantor
"A riveting report that shatters the mystique of the brain surgeon as a wizard of technical prowess." (Publishers Weekly)
A collection of neurosurgery anecdotes during the author's residency programme. Well written, presents important ethical and professional challenges.
Could not listen to more than 10 minutes due to the narrator. He sounds like a robot. Wish audible would let me return it
"Sensitive and Enlightening"
I appreciate the respectful and sensitive way the author, a neurosurgeon, talks about the patients who were a big part of his training and practice. I appreciate the enlightening level of detail about the procedures and customs that create doctors, good patient outcomes, and poor patient outcomes. I highly recommend this book.
"Entering Hallowed Grounds"
I rarely enjoy medical books but read this book and you will remember Rebecca, where God touched this Neurosurgeon and hopefully he realized just that. The book read like a Clancy novel, yet you felt like you were right there with a very gifted man, that changed the world for each patient that trusted him to go into a place that few tread. The commentator was really believable making it all the more enjoyable. You will remember Jackie who gave it all for her yet to be born child, (Not fetus Doctor) which changed this doctor in my opinion to understand the ultimate sacrifice. I am glad that this doctor through a God Wink got a chance to save humanity patient by patient and thank him for it.
Im an RN and learned so much from this but enjoyed most the victories achieved! I never wanted to put it down!
"Just a great book :)"
Loved it, serious but with nice humor. Narrator is really good. The best I heard so far.
"Joining the Ranks..."
of Oliver Sacks and Richard Selzer, Vertosick renders a compelling account not only of neurology and its procedures, but also of what it is like to be a doctor in the most complicated and challenging branch of medicine. A must read.
"Awesome story about a budding neurosurgeon"
A very compelling account of the arduous life of a neurosurgical resident in training, which abounds with many poignant and touching scenes, with enough technical details that satisfies the curiosity of what they do in the OR and in the hospital.
Absolutely. The author does a great job of not just describing the profession, but also providing perspective and insight to the science of living as well.
Clearly, the individual cases are fascinating. But, I really enjoyed the author's profound insights on life and death, generally.
The "alzheimer's patient" with the massive brain tumor.
No. But, it did cause me to think. And, I fear death less now.
Buy it. You'll not regret it.
"A life lived is a life to remember.."
Well written, good case study's.. even though I disagree with his conclusions after the years spent studying, this book still a must read..
Loved it!!! Was beautifully written and heartfelt!!!
Could tell the writer conveyed his experience with every emotion felt at the time with each patient. Will listen to the book again and again!!!📚😃
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