Brain Surgeon

A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles

Author: Keith Black,Arnold Mann

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

ISBN: 0446544523

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

View: 8388

Welcome to tiger country: the treacherous territory where a single wrong move by a brain surgeon can devastate-or end-a patient's life. This is the terrain world-renowned neurosurgeon Keith Black, MD, enters every day to produce virtual medical miracles. Now, in BRAIN SURGEON, Dr. Black invites readers to shadow his breathtaking journeys into the brain as he battles some of the deadliest and most feared tumors known to medical science. Along the way, he shares his unique insights about the inner workings of the brain, his unwavering optimism for the future of medicine, and the extraordinary stories of his patients-from ministers and rock stars to wealthy entrepreneurs and uninsured students-whom he celebrates as the real heroes. BRAIN SURGEON offers a window into one man's remarkable mind, revealing the anatomy of the unflinching confidence of this master surgeon, whose personal journey brought him from life as a young African-American boy growing up in the civil rights era South to the elite world of neurosurgery. Through Dr. Black's white-knuckle descriptions of some of the most astonishing medical procedures performed today, he reveals the beauty and marvel of the human brain and the strength and heroism of his patients who refuse to see themselves as victims. Ultimately, BRAIN SURGEON is an inspiring story of the struggle to overcome odds-whether as a man, a doctor, or a patient. "BRAIN SURGEON is an inspirational book about true heroes-readers will marvel at Keith Black's achievements both as a doctor and as a man, and will be in awe of his patients' courage and will to survive." --Denzel Washington I often get asked who the best doctor is in the world for various ailments. Truth is, it's a hard question. When it comes to brain tumors, however, the answer is pretty clear: Keith Black. He is the doctor people find when all the other doctors have given up. He is that guy. This book is about the heroic patients he has already helped and saved. If you want a rare, behind-the-curtain look at the life of one of the most pre-eminent neurosurgeons in the world, pick up Brain Surgeon. And Keith, from one brain surgeon to another: thank you for honoring our profession. Well done. --Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN and New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Life

Do No Harm

Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

Author: Henry Marsh

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466872802

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5527

A New York Times Bestseller Shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Prize and the Costa Book Award Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction A Finalist for the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize A Finalist for the Wellcome Book Prize A Financial Times Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling, and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to "do no harm" holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh must make agonizing decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty. If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practiced by calm and detached doctors, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candor, Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets, and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon's life. Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.

Admissions

Life as a Brain Surgeon

Author: Henry Marsh

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 1250127262

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6359

The International Bestseller "Consistently entertaining...Honesty is abundantly apparent here--a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists." —The Guardian "Disarmingly frank storytelling...his reflections on death and dying equal those in Atul Gawande's excellent Being Mortal." —The Economist Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal. In Admissions he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished countries and the further insights it has given him into the practice of medicine. Marsh also faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for patients and those who love them. Reflecting on what forty years of handling the human brain has taught him, Marsh finds a different purpose in life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

Author: Katrina Firlik

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812973402

Category: Medical

Page: 271

View: 3352

Presents a memoir by a neurosurgeon, describing the tools in the operating room, the tough ethical dilemmas confronting doctors, some of the author's most bizarre cases, trends in the field, and possible advances on the horizon.

So You Want to be a Brain Surgeon?

Author: Simon Eccles,Stephan Sanders

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199231966

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 300

View: 6334

The new edition of So you want to be a brain surgeon? continues to provide a fun yet informative guide for all medical students and for all those considering a medical degree. An entertaining, authoritative and indispensable guide for all levels, from those thinking of applying to medical school through to medical students and to young doctors. The text has been radically updatedd, and includes even more chapters.

Becoming Dr. Q

My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon

Author: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520949609

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 2995

Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California. In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story—from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School. Packed with adventure and adversity—including a few terrifying brushes with death—Becoming Dr. Q is a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and imagination, and the pursuit of excellence. It’s also a story about the importance of family, of mentors, and of giving people a chance.

A Surgeon in the Village

An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa

Author: Tony Bartelme,Catharina Hoek-Ellegala

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807044881

Category: MEDICAL

Page: 288

View: 8720

By 2006, Dilan Ellegala, an accomplished neurosurgeon, had reached the highest rungs of the American medical establishment. But he was on the verge of burning out. In search of personal restoration, he took a sabbatical at a remote missionary hospital in Haydom, Tanzania. While there, he discovered a medical world entirely different from the one he knew: Tanzania had just three neurosurgeons in a country with a population of 43 million. During his stay, he met Emmanuel Mayegga, an assistant medical officer. Though Mayegga had no medical degree, Ellegala realized that Mayegga had the dexterity, intelligence, and confidence to be a great surgeon. Dr. Ellegala began training Mayegga to perform brain-surgery procedures, giving him the tools to become an agent of change in his own country. In his turn, Mayegga trained another young health-care worker, Emanuel Nuwas, to save lives with neurosurgical procedures. Nuwas himself would go on to train Hayte Samo. Since that first trip, Dr. Ellegala has solidified his "train-forward" philosophy into the NGO Madaktari (Swahili for "doctors")--a group that sends hundreds of doctors around the world to serve as mentors and to create a sustainable new model for global health. Dilan's story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue--the shortage of surgeons. As many as 17 million people die every year because of this gap, more than die from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.

Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans

Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro

Author: Tim McCarver,Danny Peary

Publisher: Villard

ISBN: 0307831779

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 3043

Tim McCarver, major league baseball's premier analyst, has been surprising and delighting viewers for years with his remarkable insight. Fans who once were content to merely watch baseball were stimulated into wanting to think baseball as well. McCarver brings to the booth a combination of twenty-one years of major league service and nearly twenty more in broadcasting. There is nobody better at explaining the game than McCarver, and it is a rare game in which the viewer does not learn something new and unusual. Now he is putting down on paper all he knows about the sport, producing this unique perspective on how America's pastime should be played and watched. With his unmistakable wit and storytelling verve, McCarver succinctly explains the fundamentals and proper mechanics of baseball at the level necessary for success in the major leagues. Once the skills have been learned, the viewer can devise smart strategies, getting into the heads of the players, coaches, and managers: When should a player or manager be conservative or aggressive; what factors change as the count goes deeper; how do you set up an effective running game, and how can a defense try to sabotage it? This book is a gold mine for all fans, from brain surgeons and rocket scientists to beginners who want to start with the basics. (Even major leaguers will be able to pick up some pointers.) With a deeper knowledge and understanding of baseball, any fan will be able to watch it like a pro.

No Place to Hide

A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War

Author: W. Lee Warren

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310338042

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1785

A War Zone of the Soul Dr. W. Lee Warren’s life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle. At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning. In his 120 days in a tent hospital, he was trained in a different specialty—surviving over a hundred mortar attacks and trying desperately to repair the damages of a war that raged around every detail of every day. No place was safe, and the constant barrage wore down every possible defense, physical or psychological. One day, clad only in a T-shirt, gym shorts, and running shoes, Warren was caught in the open while round after round of mortars shook the earth and shattered the air with their explosions, stripping him of everything he had been trying so desperately to hold on to. Warren’s story is an example of how a person can go from a place of total loss to one of strength, courage, and victory. Whether you are in the midst of your own crisis of faith, failed relationship, financial struggle, or illness, you will be inspired to remember that how you respond determines whether you survive—spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes physically. It is the beginning of a long journey home.

Gray Matter

A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a Time

Author: David Levy

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414351704

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7558

A perfect blend of medical drama and spiritual insight, Gray Matter is a fascinating account of Dr. David Levy’s decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request. Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient’s diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer “request.” From there, readers get to look over Dr. Levy’s shoulder as he performs the operation, and then we wait—right alongside Dr. Levy, the patients, and their families—to see the final results. Dr. Levy’s musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and the power of prayer are honest and insightful. As we watch him come to his ultimate conclusion that no matter what the results of the procedure are, “God is good,” we cannot help but be truly moved and inspired.

Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery

Tips and Pearls

Author: Aldo C. Stamm

Publisher: Thieme

ISBN: 1604063939

Category: Medical

Page: 448

View: 809

Tips and pearls on the latest developments on endoscopic approaches to skull base and brain surgery from experts around the globeIdeal for both otolaryngologisthead and neck surgeons and neurosurgeons, Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery: Tips and Pearls gathers together in one comprehensive volume invaluable advice from world-renowned authorities on state-of-the-art endoscopic technologies and techniques.Each succinct chapter begins with a summary of key takeaway points and features an easily accessible outline format. After uniquely detailed coverage of macroscopic and endoscopic anatomy, the expert authors discuss the most up-to-date surgical approaches integrated with key information on technologic advances, such as 3D reconstruction and navigation. Clearly labeled illustrations demonstrate each step of the various procedures. The book closes with practical guidance on postoperative care and guidelines for avoiding and managing the potential complications encountered in these complex surgeries.Features In-depth information on endoscopic surgical procedures for the paranasal sinuses, anterior skull base, and the craniocervical junction Easy-to-reference bullet-points in each chapter distill the renowned authors vast experience Step-by-step surgical descriptions cover the full spectrum of skull base pathology Stunningly detailed illustrations, including more than 500 in full-color, enhance the text throughout This landmark work will improve the accuracy and precision of every surgeon and fellow in otolaryngologyhead and neck surgery and neurosurgery who deals with this delicate anatomic region.

When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812988418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5727

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Esquire • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both. Praise for When Breath Becomes Air “I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . . Part of this book’s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him—passionately working and striving, deferring gratification, waiting to live, learning to die—so well.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”—The Washington Post “Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy . . . [Kalanithi] delivers his chronicle in austere, beautiful prose. The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead.”—The Boston Globe “Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likeable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where it’s all heading.”—USA Today

Brain Surgeons

Author: Diane Bailey

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1404217878

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 555

Describes the job of brain surgeon, the role of the surgeon in medicine, and the training necessary to be a brain surgeon.

A Peek Under the Hood

A Brain Surgeon Looks at Life

Author: W. Lee Warren

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483520889

Category: Religion

Page: 71

View: 4607

The human brain is more than just another organ; it holds your mind and your spirit as well. Meet real people and see how their neurological problems teach us about how we're wired and how we got here. A fascinating journey into the nervous system, and into the mind of God. A Peek Under the Hood: A Brain Surgeon Looks at Life, is a collection of essays from author and brain surgeon W. Lee Warren, MD. From his vantage point, Dr. Warren sees the intricate design and construction of the human nervous system. He shares his insights on how the brain is unique among the parts of our bodies in that it contains our mind and everything about who we are. His stories open up the fascinating world of neurosurgery, and show how even an experienced surgeon frequently encounters cases he cannot explain on science alone. Dr. Warren shows us how he sees God in the design of our minds, gives us new perspectives on how we're wired, and let us meet patients who teach us just how fearfully and wonderfully we're made.

The Brain Surgeon's Diet

Author: Willem Adriaan Liebenberg

Publisher: Vesuvius Books Limited

ISBN: 9780620474689

Category: Reducing diets

Page: 158

View: 7779

A neurosurgeon pioneers a lifestyle change that is based on modulation of thebrain's hormonal balance of eating behavior.

Blood on China Beach

My Story as a Brain Surgeon in Vietnam

Author: Paul J. Pitlyk

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475959443

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

View: 6333

More than once during his yearlong duty, thirty-two-year-old Paul J. Pitlyk wondered what had possessed him to leave the security of a neurosurgery practice in the Midwest to experience the blood, guts, and gore of brain surgery at a forward marine hospital during the Vietnam War. In Blood on China Beach, Pitlyk, a neurosurgeon from the Mayo Clinic, shares the story of how he learned his craft in a rudimentary hospital in Vietnam, twelve thousand miles from home. This memoir picks up where most Vietnam battlefield memoirs leave off—when the choppers deliver the dead and gravely wounded to the field hospitals and the dedicated doctors and medical staff struggle under primitive and unsterile conditions to preserve life. In this environment, Pitlyk was charged with carrying out emergency neurosurgery on those soldiers sustaining head injuries. He details both the emotional and professional factors that played a role in his service and provides a unique perspective to the Vietnam War. Insightful and historically significant, Blood on China Beach shows Pitlyk’s reverence for life and his admiration for the bravery of the marines he operated on, even as he questioned his own ability to make a difference. This memoir shows Paul’s evolution from child to man and from neophyte to surgeon.

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

Author: Frank Vertosick

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393344029

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 1458

The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. 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.

Sometimes It Does Take a Brain Surgeon

Identify Your Blind Spots, Overcome Your Obstacles and Achieve Vision

Author: Brian E. Wagner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781946114624

Category: Self-Help

Page: 108

View: 1303

We all have blindness. This book will allow you to see things that you've never seen before and show you your blind spots. You'll be able to identify them, overcome them, and keep them from reoccurring. This will enable you to create a new vision for your life.

The Scalpel and the Soul

Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

Author: Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440638063

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 9814

A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed Proof of Heaven, Heaven is Real, To Heaven and Back, and Getting to Heaven—an inspiring tale from where the veil between life and death is often at its thinnest. The Scalpel and the Soul explores how premonition, superstition, hope, and faith not only become factors in how patients feel but can change outcomes. It validates the spiritual manifestations physicians see every day and empowers patients to voice their spiritual needs when they seek medical help. Finally, it addresses the mysterious, attractive powers the soul exerts during life-threatening events.