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When the Air Hits Your Brain Tales From Neurosurgery : Tales from Neurosurgery - Frank T. Vertosick

When the Air Hits Your Brain Tales From Neurosurgery

Tales from Neurosurgery


Published: 17th March 2008
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With poignant insight and humor, When the Air Hits Your Brain chronicles one man's evolution from na‹ve and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. In electrifying detail, Frank Vertosick Jr. 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.

"Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating." -- New York Times Book Review "Riveting." -- Publishers Weekly

Introductionp. 11
The Rules of the Gamep. 21
Slackers, Keeners, and Wild Cardsp. 25
Thanks for Everythingp. 45
A Night in the Street, a Night in the Chairp. 55
The Museum of Painp. 70
Ailments Untreatablep. 94
Surgical Psychopathsp. 114
If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do Itp. 144
A Bit of Hard Cheesep. 168
Rebeccap. 188
Nightmares, Past and Futurep. 209
The Wheel of Lifep. 226
Belongingp. 250
Postscriptp. 269
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ISBN: 9780393330496
ISBN-10: 0393330494
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th March 2008
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1