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Good Neurosurgeon, No Personality
on April 15, 2016
Nelson is a brilliant neurosurgeon. But that turns out to be lethally sleep-inducing. I appreciate his brilliance and his pride in his knowledge of the human brain system seems thoroughly legit. He is not a storyteller, however. In the past, I have been considered "Extremely Gifted," but now, with so many disabling conditions, I feel Extremely Short-Shifted, but I have a therapist for all of that, and I take my pills, play an active role in my treatment and ask for and usually get some respect from the specialists who prescribe. Well, that was gratuitous. I brought it up for a valid reason: I have been learning a lot about neurology as I have read the book, but Nelson is overly-cerebral, not to make a joke, but a comment, when I say this. He seems to be really trying, but all I see is a big, white lab coat and a stethoscope around his neck the whole time I'm reading, except for those times I feel as if in Neurology 101. I see his name stitched into his lab coat, I even see a face, a hairstyle, wire-rimmed but classy glasses, a straight and narrow nose. My imagination made him blond. He has one attack-mode and one only. He knows brains and science, and his scientific rigor begins to feel like the book's rigor mortis setting in. He's between a rock and a hard place, as they say. He is just bold enough to make his peers not sure they want to read him, and just scientific enough to turn off all the would-be believers wanting to hear what he has to say. I am neutral, and I think that is respectable enough for anybody. Anything is possible until it is ruled out, and so far, 2/3 through his book, he hasn't managed to do that. He seems like a horse that never runs. I will finish reading him out of respect, and a tiny bit of hope. There's no answer one way or another, and can't be, and I'm afraid he's bungled the jolly tour.