When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781515909156
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, trained in neurosurgery with the legendary brain surgeon Peter Jannetta at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing his residency, Dr. Vertosick spent the next fifteen years at Pitt as a surgical neuro-oncologist. He worked in other areas of medicine from 2002 until his retirement in 2013.

Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

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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 27 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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