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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

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By (author) Frank Vertosick

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393330494
  • ISBN 13: 9780393330496
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 55,873

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With poignant insight and humour, "When the Air Hits Your Brain" chronicles a man's evolution from naive and ambitious young houseman 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 tumour in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia and a clergyman 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.

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DR FRANK VERTOSICK JR, 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.

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"Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating." The New York Times Book Review"