When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery

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Rule One for the neurologist in residence: "You ain't never the same when the air hits your brain." In this fascinating book, Dr. Frank Vertosick brings that fact to life through intimate portraits of patients and unsparing yet gripping descriptions of brain ...
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Overview

"This book should be read by every medical student, doctor and present or potential patient. In other words, by all of us."
--Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

Rule One for the neurologist in residence: "You ain't never the same when the air hits your brain." In this fascinating book, Dr. Frank Vertosick brings that fact to life through intimate portraits of patients and unsparing yet gripping descriptions of brain surgery.

With insight, humor, and poignancy, Dr. Vertosick chronicles his remarkable evolution from naive young intern to world-class neurosurgeon, where he faced, among other challenges, 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. In candid detail, WHEN THE AIR HITS YOUR BRAIN illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

"Riveting."
--Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449227138
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Vertosick, Jr., M.D., is associate chief of neurosurgery and associate director of the Center for Neuro-oncology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    You'll Never Be the Same When You Include this Book in Your Game!

    Excellent book--I have read it at least once a year for the past five years with my students who read it as a supplemental text for an Intro to Human Anatomy class. The best reasons for reading this book is Vertosick's ability to draw you into his work at the hospital with his candid commentary. Read it and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Fantastic

    This book needs to be read by people who want to go into surgery. I was engrossed by the book that I didn't want to put it down. I even got emotional. I recommend this book to anyone for a good read about true medicine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    FANTASTIC!

    This is an excellent book! I recommend anyone interested in any kind of medicine to read it. I was truly amazed! I couldn't put the book down.

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