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

by Katrina Firlik | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 1400063205 Global Overview for this book
Registered by DrSlump612 of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on 9/7/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by DrSlump612 from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Saturday, September 07, 2013
From the Nokomis Library book sale.

Journal Entry 2 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, September 09, 2013
Given by DrSlump612 for the Medicine Chest. Thanks!

First 3/4 of the book is really fascinating. Basically a 'what I did as a neurosurgeon resident'. Last bit disappointing. I think she sold out and is justifying her career in what sounds like the Hamptons doing spinal surgery on arthritic old and rich spines. Oh well, someone has to earn 6 to 7 figure incomes. Still well worth reading.

Journal Entry 3 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, September 30, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (9/30/2013 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Put into The Medicine Chest Bookbox IV to look for a new reader!

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Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, October 10, 2013
I'm taking this from the Medicine Chest bookbox, even allowing for a possibly disappointing conclusion {wry grin}.

Later: I enjoyed this, from the opening in which the author thoughtfully describes the consistency of the brain (toothpaste? Not quite right, as "...it doesn't spread like toothpaste"; tofu is closer, something I may remember next time I reach for the tofu in the supermarket!) through the many ups and downs of practice. Her descriptions of real-world brain trauma and its aftereffects are in stark contrast to so many dramatized versions - and, at one point, there's a very jolly bit in which a dinner guest, learning that she was a neurosurgeon, asked whether the horrifying dinner scene at the end of the film Hannibal was physically possible. He'd made a bet that it wasn't, and was eager to hear her views on the matter. (She said it was highly unlikely to have resulted in anything but the immediate bleeding-to-death of the patient, but perhaps she wasn't allowing for Lecter's surgical genius {wry grin}.)

There were anecdotes about antique bone-drills used for trepanation, about the use of the bone dust resulting from drilling (and of its distinctive scent), about patients whose ultimate fate she never learned because her surgical rotation took her out of their lives... And several concerning the problems of communicating with patients and loved ones, something that requires many talents not necessarily needed for excellence in the operating room. All in all, I enjoyed the book very much. Thanks for sharing this one!

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, December 30, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (12/31/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm adding this to a box of books that's going to BCer Tribefan in Ohio, for the Akron Reading Festival in February. Enjoy!

*** Released as part of the D for December release challenge. ***

*** Released as part of the What's in a Name release challenge, for the "Ron" embedded in the title. ***

Journal Entry 6 by wingTribefanwing at Lakemore, Ohio USA on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thank you for sending! This book will be wild released on Feb. 8th by the Rubber City Book Posse at the Akron Reading Festival held at the main branch of the Akron Public Library.

Journal Entry 7 by wingTribefanwing at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA on Saturday, January 11, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (2/8/2014 UTC) at Akron Reading Festival in Akron, Ohio USA

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