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.
"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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