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When the Air Hits Your Brain Audiobook

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., MD (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A riveting report that shatters the mystique of the brain surgeon as a wizard of technical prowess." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Largactil 02-03-17
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    "Sensitive and Enlightening"

    I appreciate the respectful and sensitive way the author, a neurosurgeon, talks about the patients who were a big part of his training and practice. I appreciate the enlightening level of detail about the procedures and customs that create doctors, good patient outcomes, and poor patient outcomes. I highly recommend this book.

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    JustBill 01-30-17
    JustBill 01-30-17
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    I rarely enjoy medical books but read this book and you will remember Rebecca, where God touched this Neurosurgeon and hopefully he realized just that. The book read like a Clancy novel, yet you felt like you were right there with a very gifted man, that changed the world for each patient that trusted him to go into a place that few tread. The commentator was really believable making it all the more enjoyable. You will remember Jackie who gave it all for her yet to be born child, (Not fetus Doctor) which changed this doctor in my opinion to understand the ultimate sacrifice. I am glad that this doctor through a God Wink got a chance to save humanity patient by patient and thank him for it.

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    Wendy Glosser 12-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Im an RN and learned so much from this but enjoyed most the victories achieved! I never wanted to put it down!

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    Atis 11-26-16
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    "Just a great book :)"

    Loved it, serious but with nice humor. Narrator is really good. The best I heard so far.

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    Douglas 11-22-16
    Douglas 11-22-16 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Joining the Ranks..."

    of Oliver Sacks and Richard Selzer, Vertosick renders a compelling account not only of neurology and its procedures, but also of what it is like to be a doctor in the most complicated and challenging branch of medicine. A must read.

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    Sean Stagner 09-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome story about a budding neurosurgeon"

    A very compelling account of the arduous life of a neurosurgical resident in training, which abounds with many poignant and touching scenes, with enough technical details that satisfies the curiosity of what they do in the OR and in the hospital.

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    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 09-18-16
    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 09-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Riveting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The author does a great job of not just describing the profession, but also providing perspective and insight to the science of living as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clearly, the individual cases are fascinating. But, I really enjoyed the author's profound insights on life and death, generally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "alzheimer's patient" with the massive brain tumor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But, it did cause me to think. And, I fear death less now.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. You'll not regret it.

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    Andrey Borul 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A life lived is a life to remember.."

    Well written, good case study's.. even though I disagree with his conclusions after the years spent studying, this book still a must read..

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    Barbara Stipe Concord nc 09-30-16
    Barbara Stipe Concord nc 09-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome Book!!!😃"

    Loved it!!! Was beautifully written and heartfelt!!!
    Could tell the writer conveyed his experience with every emotion felt at the time with each patient. Will listen to the book again and again!!!📚😃

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  • Santiago Ruiz-Valdepeñas Martín de Almagro
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    "Good book"

    A collection of neurosurgery anecdotes during the author's residency programme. Well written, presents important ethical and professional challenges.

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