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When the Air Hits Your Brain [Mass Market Paperback]

Frank T. Vertosick Jr. M.D.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

For the patient, an operation is a single defining moment. For the neurosurgeon, each moment in the operating room represents the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft. When these two join there is drama, often too much of it. This book tells the story of Frank Vertosick's metamorphosis from naive intern to neurosurgeon through intimate portraits of his patients and nerve-jangling descriptions of surgical procedures. Riveting, poignant, and sometimes shockingly funny, When the Air Hits Your Brain is a remarkable account of the mysteries of the mind and the operating room. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

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. The result is a riveting report that shatters the mystique of the brain surgeon as a wizard of technical prowess. Many of the patients profiled here die-an outcome not representative of neurosurgery at large, the author reassures us. The cases are drawn from Vertosick's six years of internship and residency. Among the most memorable are Andy, a Down's syndrome sufferer with multiple head and neck abnormalities who chose euthanasia over a life imprisoned in bed. We also meet Sarah, a pregnant homemaker with a malignant brain tumor who refuses radiotherapy and a therapeutic abortion. Vertosick is associate chief of neurosurgery at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Vertosick's is not the usual how-I-got-through-my-residency-and-aren't-I-smart? account. Rather, Vertosick shows how a steelworker--himself--successfully became a neurosurgeon. He includes the events that shaped his feelings and emotions and his growing knowledge of himself, his patients, and his colleagues, and the fact that some of those incidents seem outwardly minor indicates that Vertosick is a perceptive individual capable of seeing the humanity of both his patients and himself. So his account of his three months in London emphasizes his ability to recognize that there are more aspects to his specialty than just the high-tech ones. And what does such a specialist typically do? Vertosick points out that two-thirds of neurosurgical operations are for the alleviation or control of pain. The neurosurgeon must always assume pain is organic, although this neurosurgeon neatly draws the distinctions between pain and suffering. An engaging and refreshing book. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When the Air Hits Your Brain lets you feel the pain, grief and joy of practicing medicine. -- Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

"This book should be read by every medical student, doctor and present or potential patient. In other words, by all of us."
--Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

Rule One for the neurologist in residence: "You ain't never the same when the air hits your brain." In this fascinating book, Dr. Frank Vertosick brings that fact to life through intimate portraits of patients and unsparing yet gripping descriptions of brain surgery.

With insight, humor, and poignancy, Dr. Vertosick chronicles his remarkable evolution from naive young intern to world-class neurosurgeon, where he faced, among other challenges, 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. In candid detail, WHEN THE AIR HITS YOUR BRAIN illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

"Riveting."
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Frank Vertosick, Jr., M.D., is associate chief of neurosurgery and associate director of the Center for Neuro-oncology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.
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