Against The Grain

Against The Grain

by Larry Rogers


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As a child, Grant Ravenel learned to distrust conventional medical wisdom as
he watched doctors stand by while his brain-injured father died. His distrust only increased as he progressed through medical school, internship, and residency. Later, as a practicing neurosurgeon, when his patients' lives were on the line he chose to rely exclusively on his own training, experience, and instinct, even when his conclusions ran counter to his colleagues' judgment. It nearly cost him everything.

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Those who read this memorable novel will never think of surgery in the same way again. Written by a distinguished, retired brain surgeon, told with authority, it is the all-too-real story of the politics, failures, rivalries, cover-ups, and timidity in contemporary medicine. It is also an account of the sacrifice, integrity, brilliance and humanity on the part of many in the profession. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to those courageous, healing hearts and hands.

Robert Morgan
Author of Brave Enemies and Boone: A Biography

Larry Rogers writes with the same passion and intensity he had as a neurosurgeon. He has crafted a compelling story only an insider could write. Against the Grain is an intriguing page turner, written by a mature new talent.

Nanci Kincaid
Author of Verbena and Balls

With surgical precision Larry Rogers tells a gripping story which lays bare the inner workings of the medical world.

Mary Hunter Daly
Award-winning writer and poet

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436320405
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 04/23/2008
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Against the Grain 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Against the Grain is the story of Dr. Grant Ravanel, an intense, brilliant neurosurgeon dedicated to the well-being of his patients above all. Retired neurosurgeon Larry Rogers relates in precise, sometimes harrowing detail the art and science of his profession while telling the intricately plotted personal story of a man often at odds with his environment, a doctor determined to transcend the deficiencies of the health care system and the politics of self-interest, to go ¿against the grain¿ whenever necessary for the benefit of his patients. In the process of vividly describing his hero¿s fears and desires, failures and triumphs, Dr. Rogers lays bare the inner workings of the medical world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry Rogers¿ AGAINST THE GRAIN is more than just an exciting diversion. This informative novel portrays an insider¿s view of contemporary hospital practices, of emergency-room and operating-room drama. Interwoven with a three-decades-long, mostly satisfying, love story, the novel focuses on the professional and personal life--the defeats, victories, horrors, and exuberances--of the highly gifted and skilled, often maverick, usually compassionate, neurosurgeon Grant Ravenel. If you regard ¿art¿ and ¿rocket-science¿ as activities you can¿t do, AGAINST THE GRAIN will require you to add ¿neurosurgery¿ to the list--and if you could do it, you would want to be a surgeon like Dr. Ravenel. The tense action scenes in the ER and OR where Ravenel attempts, though not always successfully, to save lives are first-rate. Rogers, of course, knows what he is talking about: he is an internationally known neurosurgeon who practiced for 27 years. #