|Plot Summary of When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery|
|"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...."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery|
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Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
Family, caring for ill
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- natural phenomena
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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