When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T., Jr. Vertosick
Parables of Neurosurgery

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The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon.

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.

About Frank T., Jr. Vertosick

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Frank Vertosick Jr., MD, is the author of Why We Hurt and The Genius Within. He retired from surgery due to Parkinson's disease in 2002, but he still treats office patients in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Published March 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Well-told tales from the operating room by a thoughtful, almost humble neurosurgeon.

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Instead of offering a collection of bizarre medical cases, brain surgeon Vertosick presents a set of harrowing clinical tales that highlight neurosurgery as risky, messy and often frustrating.

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