When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • by Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Andrey Borul

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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- Sean Stagner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio