When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

Narrated by:
Kirby Heyborne

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2016
8 hours 43 minutes
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.
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I loved this book though I may be biased. I survived two open cranial surgeries in one year for 3 aneurysms. One at each temple and one between the hemispheres. I wanted to understand their perspectives and it was an eye opener. I learned much more about the approach to such surgeries and how they affect the doctor doing them. I came away with a much clearer understanding of how they view death despite their best efforts. The brain is an amazing organ and its resilience is amazing. Well worth a listen!

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Lisa S.

Neurosurgery in a nutshell. Very well written, touches many subjects concerning human life, ethics and behavior

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Chai T.

The book describes the thoughts of a brain surgeon with a compassion heart.

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Kate B.

Loved the book. Great mix of informative but captivating. This was my first audiobook and I am worried now no other book will be quite as good. Narrator was easy to understand and had a very “not annoying” voice haha

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