When the Air Hits Your Brain Tales from Neurosurgery

ISBN-10: 0393330494
ISBN-13: 9780393330496
Edition: 2008
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Description: "Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating."New York Times Book Review With poignant insight and humor, When the Air Hits Your Brain chronicles one man's evolution from nave and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. In electrifying  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating."New York Times Book Review With poignant insight and humor, When the Air Hits Your Brain chronicles one man's evolution from nave 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 Brainthe culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craftilluminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

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

Introduction
The Rules of the Game
Slackers, Keeners, and Wild Cards
Thanks for Everything
A Night in the Street, a Night in the Chair
The Museum of Pain
Ailments Untreatable
Surgical Psychopaths
If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It
A Bit of Hard Cheese
Rebecca
Nightmares, Past and Future
The Wheel of Life
Belonging
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