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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    In this case it IS 'brain surgery". Dr. Katrina Firlik's memoir of her decision to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon, and her residency experience add to our knowledge of what makes a modern doctor.

    You become a neuro-surgeaon when you can't think of any other career is one point of view. Dr. Katrina Firlik blends a direct, entertaining writing style with rich images of a woman in a male-dominated medical speciality with a verve and dedication that sheds light not only on the medical profession in general but on the special dedication of and demands on those who follow her path. Her account of how she decided on the specialty and her five-year residency experience blend both humor and pathos. It also provides insight into the experience that produces many of our modern medical practitioners. For the neuro-surgeon (compared to, say, a dermatologist) your life is never entirely your own, with frequent untimely calls to treat some of the most demanding patient crises. And understanding how physicians evaluate the opportunity to actually help a patient - rather than prolong suffering - in itself puts a new perspective on how doctors think about their role in the health care spectrum.

    Eminently readable, Firlik has added to the general reader library of medical knowledge in a way that should generate some meaningful conversation. A candidate for a book club or anyone interested in understanding better some of the challenges of modern medical practice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    A day in the life of a neurosurgeon

    This book was simply fascinating. Neurosurgeon Firlik takes the reader through her experiences as a medical student then a resident neurosurgeon with pit stops to explain some odd curiosities about both her chosen profession and the brain itself. Not many women have ventured into the area of neurosurgery-only about 200 at the time the book was published just a few years ago- so this book gives the reader quite the inside glimpse into the field.

    "Luckily, in this modern era, I've never found the need to storm out of a room, call anyone a chauvinist, or report any transgressions to the authorities. The way for women in surgery has already been paved to a great degree, and I'm grateful for all the women who must have had it harder-much harder-than I did."

    Firlik discusses the world of brain surgery much the same as a mechanic would discuss the goings on at the auto shop at times. She stresses the physicality of the job, complete with the drills and handsaws often required to reach the soft tissue that requires surgery. Also included in the book are some very interesting little-known tidbits on the brain and its amazing ability to heal. This is a great nonfiction pick for the layperson interested in science and the workings of the brain, not to mention those interested in women's studies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Insightful

    Based on personal experience while in training as a neurosurgeon, this book views the care of those with neurological problems from the viewpoint of a provider.
    Being a family practitioner, I enjoyed the inside view of residency through another persons eyes in a different specialty. The stories were poignant & refreshing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Valuable information in readable form.

    Engaging book that gives important research information in a readable form.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Great book for anyone intrested in surgery

    Great read! I really enjoyed it. Personally i'm more interested in becoming a Cardiothoracic surgeon but this book gave me a great insight into surgey as a whole. If you want to become a surgeon I suggest you read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    So, what's it like to be a neurosurgeon?

    This is a very readable, interesting account of what it's like to become a neurosurgeon written by a female neurosurgeon. It's different from what a man goes through in some ways and even if you didn't know it was a woman you'd be able to guess. There is much more of the humanity of medicine in this book. She talks about the decisions that have to be made and how she learns from experience and her mentors.
    If you can't stand the sight of blood (or talking about it) you might want to stay away. She doesn't shy away from reality although it's not the focus of the book. This book was both thought provoking and emotional. It's not just a "this is what I did each day" but "this is what it felt like", "these are decisions patients and doctors must make"
    what would your answers be?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Understand life from a Neurosurgeon's point of view.

    I enjoyed this book but found the author to be a little narcissistic at times, but then again she is a neurosurgeon. LOL! It's a good, easy read.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Bought this for someone else. Glad I cheated and read it before I gave it away!!

    Dr. Firlik writes about being a "brain surgeon" resident doctor in a down-to-earth manner that almost anyone would enjoy this book. This book made me think about a number of issues completely unrelated to medicine, as well as a number of issues that are highly relevant today. Thank you for such an enjoyable peek into this amazing area of medical education and practice! And I am someone who usually reads only fiction!

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    She Knows Her Cabeza

    The next time someone remarks, "It's not brain surgery" you'll be better positioned to know just how much it's not. Katrina Firlik takes us for a wade in only ankle deep water through her post college four-year med school journey into a seven year residency. That's deep enough for the average reader who, after all, hasn't gone to medical school and likely didn't want to anyway. Along the way, we are treated to some amusing anecdotes and benefit from considering a few ethical issues from the medical perspective. These are presented through a scientifically based perspective instead of the sensationalism of the news media or agendized organizations. Firlik has a realistic, humanistic outlook and writes easily. Still, this book is best read as a rest stop between more serious "reads". That's not a bad thing. If you like reading "A Day In The Life Of..." type books, this is for you. And it is guarenteed to make you more sympathetic (rightly so) to the sacrifice physicians make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Neurosurgery mixed with humor and profound writing!

    I dream to be a neurosurgeon. I saw this book in the store and couldn't resist to buy it. Within the first chapter I was laughing and wanting more and more. Dr. Firlik is inspirational, and she has a way of communicating to the reader so he/she can understand what is being talked about. Anyone wanting to be a surgeon should read this book! Anyone that is just curious should read this book! Books like this one can be intimidating due to some authors writing in cryptic medical terminology. Fear not because all is explained. Dr. Firlik clearly knows what she is talking about and may even teach you something throughout her story. I have definately learned more than I thought I would before I read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of curiosity!

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