- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393330494
- ISBN-13: 978-0393330496
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 256 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What sets this book apart is the author's humanity. He is not afraid to show his own, warts and all, but what sets his book apart is his willingness to address the humanity of the people who he performs surgery on---both before and after the surgery. He has to put a certain clinical distance between himself and his patients to do what he does, but he never forgets that these are real human beings with families and lives to live. They are not lab animals or computer simulations to be forgotten once the procedures are done and he has to live with the results, both good and bad.
Some of the stories he relates actually brought tears to my eyes. It may have been because my 11 year old granddaughter recently had brain surgery to remove a tumor, but I think it was more than that. Neurosurgeons actually touch and try to heal the very essence of what makes one human with the ability to heal and the ability to destroy a life depending on how they wield their tools while inside the skull. How one lives with knowing that and living it every day is what makes this a great book.