Yasargil: Father of Modern Neurosurgery

Yasargil: Father of Modern Neurosurgery

by M.D. Larry Rogers


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M. Gazi Yasargil: Father of Modern Neurosurgery describes Professor Yasargil developing a means of reducing the mortality rates associated with the deadliest of brain pathologies from thirty percent in the mid-1960s to less than two percent. It required not only a vastly redesigned microscope, but an array of new surgical instruments, even a new way of thinking. 1967 witnessed neurosurgeons flocking to Zurich from around the world to learn his method. Yasargil possessed a truly amazing surgical talent, but his brand of microneurosurgery allowed even the lesser skilled to achieve stunning results if the requisite laboratory-hours to master the method were observed. Yasargil's life and times were as dramatic and challenging as microneurosurgery was important. He was born in a cave in rural east Turkey as his parents were held at gunpoint by outlaws determined to challenge the new government in Ankara. At eighteen, with his family's hearts in their throats, he was off to Vienna to study medicine. But when Nazi police suspected him of being a Jew, he was not allowed to register for classes. But instead of returning to Turkey defeated, he chose to push into Germany where he bargained enrollment as a first year medical student. From 1943 to 1945 he was harassed by Hitler's police as a potential spy. Headstrong, confident-he typically made matters worse. The bombs killing some of his classmates were dropped from British and American aircraft. Since this story contains as much history and adventure as medical triumph, a brief glossary of medical terms make it accessible to anyone reading at the high school level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633931138
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 546
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Larry Rogers learned the rudiments of microneurosurgery under the tutelage of his subject, Professor Gazi Yasargil, while visiting Switzerland for five weeks as a forth-year resident from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His undergraduate degree was from Davidson College and he graduated from the Duke Medical School. Ultimately he practiced, microneurosurgery in Charlotte, North Carolina for almost three decades. He has authored or co-authored four additional books, three of which are about microneurosurgery, including a novel set in the 1980s.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 3
Preface 4
Epigraph 7
1. Surgeon of the Century 9
I. Beginnings
2. Out of Political Turmoil and Revolution:
the Birth of a Surgeon 13
3. Childhood: Stories and Play 28
4. High School and Rumors of War 51
II. Into World War II
5. Nazi Germany 65
6. Medical School at Last 90
7. Escape to Switzerland 106
8. Sick Brains-Beginnings in Psychiatry 119
9. Residencies in Medicine and General Surgery 138
III. Early Accomplishments
10. From Neurosurgical Neophyte to
Pioneer in Neuroradiology 152
11. Vascular Surgery and Stereotaxis 172
12. Problems to be Solved: A Turning Point 190
IV. The Birth of Microneurosurgery
13. Burlington 216
14. An American Safari 241
15. Return to Zurich-A New Beginning 268
V. The New Era
16. New Technologies 290
17. Frustration and Opportunity 299
18. Tensions and Conflicts Lead to Thin Ice 309
19. Malis, Drake, and International
Microsurgical Conferences 325
20. Teaching Microneurosurgery 338
21. Slovenia-A Special Disciple 356
22. The Trials of Chairmanship: An Ending
Leads to a Beginning 362
23. Stormy Relationships: Disciples' Perspectives 379
24. A Fresh Look at Temporal Lobe
Tumors and Epilepsy 393
25. Death Knell for the "Brain Bypass" 400
26. Later in Zurich 408
VI. Retirement
27. Little Rock 430
28. Legacy of the Man and his Art 448
Selected Bibliography 458
Notes 474
Photographs 490
A. Bad Blood: Turks and Armenians 499
B. Intracranial Aneurysm Surgery, 1931-1955 501
C. Percutaneous Thrombosis of
Intracranial Aneurysms 504
D. Advances in Vascular Surgery: From Carrel to Jacobsen 506
E. Leonard Malis (1919-2005) 511
Glossary of Medical Terms 514
Interviews and Final Acknowledgments 525
Index 526

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