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Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the inside

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Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one of only two hundred or so women among the alpha males who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige medical specialty. She is also a superbly gifted writer–witty, insightful, at once deeply humane and refreshingly wry. In Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Dr. Firlik draws on this rare combination to create a neurosurgeon’s Kitchen Confidential–a unique insider’s memoir of a fascinating profession.

Neurosurgeons are renowned for their big egos and aggressive self-confidence, and Dr. Firlik confirms that timidity is indeed rare in the field. “They’re the kids who never lost at musical chairs,” she writes. A brain surgeon is not only a highly trained scientist and clinician but also a mechanic who of necessity develops an intimate, hands-on familiarity with the gray matter inside our skulls. It’s the balance between cutting-edge medical technology and manual dexterity, between instinct and expertise, that Firlik finds so appealing–and so difficult to master.

Firlik recounts how her background as a surgeon’s daughter with a strong stomach and a keen interest in the brain led her to this rarefied specialty, and she describes her challenging, atypical trek from medical student to fully qualified surgeon. Among Firlik’s more memorable cases: a young roofer who walked into the hospital with a three-inch-long barbed nail driven into his forehead, the result of an accident with his partner’s nail gun, and a sweet little seven-year-old boy whose untreated earache had become a raging, potentially fatal infection of the brain lining.

From OR theatrics to thorny ethical questions, from the surprisingly primitive tools in a neurosurgeon’s kit to glimpses of future techniques like the “brain lift,” Firlik cracks open medicine’s most prestigious and secretive specialty. Candid, smart, clear-eyed, and unfailingly engaging, Another Day in the Frontal Lobe is a mesmerizing behind-the-scenes glimpse into a world of incredible competition and incalculable rewards.

Synopsis:

A no-holds-barred memoir by a young female neurosurgeon journeys inside the world of brain surgery to provide a sometimes shocking view of her field, describing her tools of the trade in the operating room, the tough ethical dilemmas confronting doctors, some of her own most bizarre cases, trends in the neurosurgical field, and possible advances on the horizon. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Katrina Firlik was the first woman admitted to the neurosurgery residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the largest–and one of the most prestigious–neurosurgery programs in the country. She is now a private practitioner in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a clinical assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with her husband, a neurosurgeon turned venture capitalist. Visit her online at www.katrinafirlik.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365491
Subtitle:
A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the inside
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Firlik, Katrina
Author:
Katrina Firlik
Subject:
Medical-Neurology - General
Subject:
Medical : Neurology - General
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Neurology - General
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Nervous system
Subject:
General
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Neurology
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Brain
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Neurologic Illness
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Biology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060502
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

Related Subjects

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Biography » Medical
Biography » Women
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Product details 271 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588365491 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A no-holds-barred memoir by a young female neurosurgeon journeys inside the world of brain surgery to provide a sometimes shocking view of her field, describing her tools of the trade in the operating room, the tough ethical dilemmas confronting doctors, some of her own most bizarre cases, trends in the neurosurgical field, and possible advances on the horizon. 35,000 first printing.
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