When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery - Frank Vertosick Jr. MD

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

By Frank Vertosick Jr. MD

  • Release Date: 2008-03-17
  • Genre: Medical
Score: 4.5
From 228 Ratings


The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon.

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.


  • Fascinating!

    By Birdgirl2016
    Eye-opening & heartfelt! Intriguing technical details, along with emotional highs and lows. What a journey! 🌟💛🌟
  • Captivating

    By Bzimmer3
    Best book I have read. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Great Book

    By Lane Christian
    Awesome read
  • When the air hits your brain

    By nickname5452316
    Outstanding and fully captivating. Older book that is still relevant and most intriguing. A quick read that is hard to put down
  • What a great book!

    By Parisenai
    Wonderful memoir of sad and happy stories, elaborated by knowledge and philosophy.
  • Excellent Read

    By Austin Winter
    This book portrays the life of a neurosurgeon so well that you are able to put yourself right in the moment and feel as if you too are experiencing each patient.
  • Full of wisdom

    By amernsx
    Full of wisdom
  • Simply the best!

    By Bennybrak
    This is the best medical memoir out there. Any health professional and all budding neurosurgeons should definitely read this book.
  • excellent book

    By Andreill
    Highly recommended if you like neuroscience and want to know more about neurosurgery
  • Excellent read!

    By JeL cape coral
    I am a neurosurgical RN and absolutely loved this book. I recommend to anyone who knows the "world" of the operating room and especially loves neurosurgery. I found myself laughing, crying and completely absorbed the entire time I held in my hands.