Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes by Katrina Firlik

By Katrina Firlik

Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one in every of merely 2 hundred or so girls one of the alpha men who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige scientific area of expertise. She is usually a wonderfully proficient writer–witty, insightful, right now deeply humane and refreshingly wry. In one other Day within the Frontal Lobe, Dr. Firlik attracts in this infrequent mixture to create a neurosurgeon’s Kitchen Confidential–a targeted insider’s memoir of a desirable profession.

Neurosurgeons are popular for his or her massive egos and competitive self-confidence, and Dr. Firlik confirms that timidity is certainly infrequent within the box. “They’re the children who by no means misplaced at musical chairs,” she writes. A mind medical professional isn't just a hugely proficient scientist and clinician but additionally a mechanic who of necessity develops an intimate, hands-on familiarity with the grey subject within our skulls. It’s the stability among state-of-the-art scientific expertise and handbook dexterity, among intuition and services, that Firlik unearths so appealing–and so tricky to grasp.

Firlik recounts how her history as a surgeon’s daughter with a robust belly and a prepared curiosity within the mind led her to this rarefied uniqueness, and he or she describes her difficult, ordinary trek from clinical pupil to completely certified medical professional. between Firlik’s extra memorable instances: a tender roof repairer who walked into the health center with a three-inch-long barbed nail pushed into his brow, the results of an twist of fate along with his partner’s nail gun, and a candy little seven-year-old boy whose untreated earache had develop into a raging, in all likelihood deadly an infection of the mind lining.

From OR theatrics to thorny moral questions, from the strangely primitive instruments in a neurosurgeon’s equipment to glimpses of destiny innovations just like the “brain lift,” Firlik cracks open medicine’s so much prestigious and secretive forte. Candid, clever, clear-eyed, and unfailingly enticing, one other Day within the Frontal Lobe is a captivating behind-the-scenes glimpse right into a international of great pageant and incalculable rewards.

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