Another Day in the Frontal Lobe A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

ISBN-10: 1400063205

ISBN-13: 9781400063208

Edition: 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: Katrina Firlik
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Description: Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one of only two hundred or so women among the alpha males who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige medical specialty. She is also a superbly gifted writer-witty, insightful, at once deeply humane and refreshingly wry. In Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Dr. Firlik draws on this rare combination to create a neurosurgeons Kitchen Confidential-a unique insiders memoir of a fascinating profession. Neurosurgeons are renowned for their big egos and aggressive self-confidence, and Dr. Firlik confirms that timidity is indeed rare in the field. "Theyre the kids who never lost at musical chairs," she writes. A brain surgeon is not only a highly trained scientist and clinician but also a mechanic who of necessity develops an intimate, hands-on familiarity with the gray matter inside our skulls. Its the balance between cutting-edge medical technology and manual dexterity, between instinct and expertise, that Firlik finds so appealing-and so difficult to master. Firlik recounts how her background as a surgeons daughter with a strong stomach and a keen interest in the brain led her to this rarefied specialty, and she describes her challenging, atypical trek from medical student to fully qualified surgeon. Among Firliks more memorable cases: a young roofer who walked into the hospital with a three-inch-long barbed nail driven into his forehead, the result of an accident with his partners nail gun, and a sweet little seven-year-old boy whose untreated earache had become a raging, potentially fatal infection of the brain lining. From OR theatrics to thorny ethical questions, from the surprisingly primitive tools in a neurosurgeons kit to glimpses of future techniques like the "brain lift," Firlik cracks open medicines most prestigious and secretive specialty. Candid, smart, clear-eyed, and unfailingly engaging, Another Day in the Frontal Lobe is a mesmerizing behind-the-scenes glimpse into a world of incredible competition and incalculable rewards.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Scientist and Mechanic
Small World
Influences
Acceptance
Culture
Routine
Evolution Through Blood
Tools
Risk
Emotion
Disturbing Deviations
Slices
Fragments
Controlled Trauma
Traces of Thought
Focus
Chief Concerns
Endings
Confronting Age
Brainlifts
Acknowledgments
Notes
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