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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nuerosurgeon's experiences; very interesting and readable,
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This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Parables of Neurosurgery (Hardcover)The author says the first rule of neurosurgey is "You're never the same once the air hits your brain."
Full of the type of dark humor you would expect from medical profesisonals, this book chronicles the experiences of a neurosurgeon
from his days as a medical student to his present day practice in Pittsburg. It is very well-written and is intended for the layman (my guess is that fans of the TV show "ER" would love this book).
But be warned, emotionally it is a very hard book to read. Take for example the story of the woman who is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor while early in a pregancy. The author's story of her fight to live
just long enough to deliver her child cannot help but reduce the reader to tears.
The book also forces the reader to realize how quickly the body can betray and fail to function. It can be a scary realization when the neurosurgeon makes clear
how quickly life can end.
This book is an overlooked treasure. But keep your Kleenex close at hand, especially parents.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!,
This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery (Paperback)I found this book really interesting. If you enjoy reading about health & people's journeys - you'll love this book. It's about a surgeons journey to becoming competent. I hope if I ever have to have brain surgery that I get someone like him. Told with warmth and not too much medical stuff I coldn't understand. I really enjoyed it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic medical book, up there with the best,
This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery (Paperback)Typically dark humour profeessional medical book covering a high achievers life story. This is perhaps more pertinent now that EWTD has ruined the training of junior doctors! So if you are starting medicine get this, and perhaps mix it with the series Cardiac Arrest, the first series of Scrubs, throw in some of the dressing station and then finish it off with the house of God.
But back to this book, if you are interested in neurosurgery (and God knows why you would be!!!) then you will really enjoy this book, if you are not interesting in neurosurgery (either you are very sensible OR you have done a neurosurgery job!!) then this is a great insight into what it takes to get where you want.
Read it, and read and watch the suggestions above
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my career choice for me,
This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery (Paperback)Bought this book while sloging/blagging my way through med school. A lovely account of the highs and lows of professional training all potential surgeons have to look forward to. Entertaining read with patient encounters stimulating ethical debate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely readable, evoking the highs and lows of neurosurgical training,
This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery (Kindle Edition)This book, and Katrina S. Firlik's Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside, which I have reviewed elsewhere, are two must reads for any would-be neurosurgeon.
This memoir follows Dr Vertosick Jr as he progresses from an early career "scheduling glitch" which results in a rotation in neurosurgery, instead of his then-preferred option of cardiac surgery. That led to a neurosurgical clerkship, then residency and, eventually, decades as a fully-fledged neurosurgeon.
Early in this book we are introduced to the advice given to Dr Vertosick Jr by a mentor, "When the your brain, you are never the same." This advice, with its implicit black humour, encapsulates all that is good, technically challenging and sometimes draining about neurosurgery.
For those familiar with neurosurgery, there are nuggets of information which foreshadow how particular scenarios will unfold. For everyone else, the book guides them on a journey during which they discover, as the narrator did, the highs and lows of working in a realm that even most medics and surgeons would rather shy away from.
Amongst the vignettes, even when relating technical aspects of the work of a neurosurgeon, Dr Vertosick Jr never loses track of the human cost.
The prose is eloquent, lucid and accessible, making this book a pleasure to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars fab,
This review is from: When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery (Kindle Edition)this book came recommended by a neurosurgeon that i actually work with & I recommend this book as a great inspiring read
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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery by Frank Jr Vertosick (Paperback - 15 April 2008)