When the Air Hits Your Brain

When the Air Hits Your Brain : Tales from Neurosurgery

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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.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0393330494
  • 9780393330496
  • 47,498

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"Dramatic, moving, and utterly fascinating." "Riveting."

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About Frank Vertosick

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.

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