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

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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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- Largactil


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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- Wendy Glosser

Book Details

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