When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

by Frank Vertosick Jr. MD

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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Humanbean More than 1 year ago
It may seem odd to say brain surgery and what leads up to it is entertaining, but in this book it is. The book follows the life of it's author as he becomes a neurosurgeon. I found the description of hospitals and their sub-cultures interesting. You feel as if you are there when these events are unfolding. His explanation of the brain's functions were far from boring. You don't have to be in the medical field to enjoy this book. This was an easy read and well worth my time.
Anonymous 28 days ago
so interesting
AdrianSamuels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My post-surgery review meeting (for 2 craniotomies), was with Mark Wilson, my Specialist Registrar. He recommended this book to me. I purposely held off getting the book as I knew some of the content was going to be difficult for me to cope with. After a couple of months of the title sitting on my to-do list, I had to order it. I was right, it is a gut wrenching book, it's also very, very good and I recommend it to you, if you have a passing interest in your 'wetware'.
EmreSevinc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Vertosick provides a very lively and personal account of his neurosurgery career. He has a very good sense of humour, while trying to correct some TV-induced wrong assumptions about the medical field he doesn't hesitate to talk about how he received some little but critical help from a patient who watched some medical TV series :)He describes his transition from being a very young student of medicine, to becoming an assistant at the world's best neurosurgery department, and finally to becoming an expert neurosurgeon under the supervision of another very disciplined and famous expert doctor. While doing that he helps the reader see the intricacies and beauty of that small, fatty, bloody tissue which makes us what we are: the brain.After all the difficult cases he describes I truly believe that one has to be really crazy to become a neurosurgeon and operate on brain, or really love that field of study (maybe both). Dr. Vertosick made me realize once again what a miraculous thing that brain of ours is.As a book of popular science I can compare the quality and smoothness of narration to one of my favorite authors, Oliver Sacks.PS: It was nice to see the name of a Turkish neurosurgeon Prof. Dr. Gazi Ya¿argil in the book, too.
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