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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery
     

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

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by Frank Vertosick Jr.
 

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The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon.
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

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The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon.
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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating.”
Ian McEwan
“This is a wonderful book about the surgeon's art—funny, scary, beautifully observed, and deeply humane.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330496
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/23/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
270,378
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Vertosick Jr., MD, is the author of Why We Hurt and The Genius Within. He retired from surgery due to Parkinson’s disease in 2002, but he still treats office patients in Washington, Pennsylvania.

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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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.
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