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When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery Book Review Summary

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With unflagging good humor and unexpected humility, neurosurgeon Vertosick describes his training and experiences. The book explains the workings and trials of the brain in clear lay terms, and Vertosick has a knack for the startling turn of phrase that either makes a point or keeps you reading to reach understanding: "The medicine rotation introduced me to the awesome authority invested in physicians: the power to violate another human being -- legally." "In a trauma, the skull turns from a brain's protector to its murderer, and, finally, to its coffin." "Cancer is a biological process which has evolved for a very useful purpose: to kill us." Watch Vertosick wrestle with his emotions as he labors to keep a pregnant woman with a terminal brain tumor alive long enough to bring her baby to term....
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   doctor Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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