Summary

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.
©2008 Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., MD (P)2016 Tantor
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"A riveting report that shatters the mystique of the brain surgeon as a wizard of technical prowess." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Santiago on 22-11-16

Good book

A collection of neurosurgery anecdotes during the author's residency programme. Well written, presents important ethical and professional challenges.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sally Barrington on 02-07-18

Fabulous intriguing listen

Such a great audio book, so engaging and interesting to hear. The M.D. makes for a really good voice and such detail!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Largactil on 03-02-17

Sensitive and Enlightening

I appreciate the respectful and sensitive way the author, a neurosurgeon, talks about the patients who were a big part of his training and practice. I appreciate the enlightening level of detail about the procedures and customs that create doctors, good patient outcomes, and poor patient outcomes. I highly recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 15-04-17

Finished in 1 and 1/2 days

One of the best medical books written, imho. Empathetic, yet aware of irreconcilable errors. Funny and honest. I'm not sure I would ever want to go to him or someone trained by him in an ethically complex situation, but if my treatment only required skill and someone I could laugh with and relate to before I could be healed, I would go to him without hesitation.

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