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Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

By Katrina Firlik

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Format: Paperback, 271 pages
Published In: United States, 01 June 2007
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. From the Hardcover edition."

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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 From the Hardcover edition.

EAN: 9780812973402
ISBN: 0812973402
Publisher: Random House Trade
Dimensions: 20.22 x 13.89 x 1.6 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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Super Good Book 5starz

Lil Poem ...Must Read...

God give word to your people
tellem dont fall astray
the lord aint forgot u he watches everyday
see's his children live a sinful life
watch the devil takem deeper
an it ?? aint rightt
but the whole worlds sleepingg
its so hard but we better get focused
cause the ends getting closer
cant lose now cause im gods soldier
gotta try harder cause worlds getting colder!!!
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Written in an easy to read conversationsal style, Insight into the life of a neurosurgeon. Lots of personal stories that remind us of a doctors humanity and sometimes why the seemingly lack of..is so necessary to do their jobs.
Good read for anyone interested in medcine or even what motivates people to chose the professions they do.

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