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


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812973402
  • ISBN-10: 0812973402
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 271
  • Dimensions: 7.96 x 5.47 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.48 pounds


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