Medicine And Books

When the Air Hits Your Brain. Tales of Neurosurgery.

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:985
  1. M P Powell, consultant neurosurgeon directorate of neurosurgery
  1. National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

    Frank Vertosick Jr / W W Norton, £16.95, pp 268 / ISBN 0 393 03894 7

    This is the book that every neurosurgeon would like to have written his or her version of, but probably hadn't the time. It is the account of a neurosurgeon's training from medical school to the end of residency, in this case in an American training programme in the 1970s and 80s. Although aimed at the public rather than at neurosurgeons, I could not put it down.

    Of course, I am biased: I am probably much the same age as the author …

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