Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside
Click and Clack write about cars--with deep understanding, experience, and irreverence. She makes it clear that a neurosurgeon--or, indeed, any kind of surgeon--is a mechanic first (hopefully an excellent mechanic) and a human being second. Emotions can't be allowed to get in the way of the application of skills honed over many years of intense training and practice.
In Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Firlik displays keen awareness of the o...more
This book provided a fascinati...more
While a readable and informative inside look at neurosurgery, the tone of the this memoir kept me at bay and from fully enjoying it. Neurosurgery as a discipline attracts the arrogant and overly confident. Dr. Firlik appears to be no exception, though from her own descriptions of colleagues, she is perhaps more relatable to mere non-neurosurgery mortals than some other docs. Having said all that, though I read this for pleasure, I did find it helpful to me in my own medical practice. It provide...more
So, a little preachy, a little whiney about money (I seriously do not think she, a practicing neurosurgeon and her...more
The novel is very well written, and was an absolute breeze to read. This took me by surprise, as it is a book about neurosurgery. An impressive first novel from the author, I eagerly await her next.
I don't know about you, but I find myself runni...more
Katrina Firlik simply confronts the Ew! Factor in the very first paragraph of her book about neurosurgery, in which she dis...more
Example: In an early chapter she talks about her husband and tells us about a dance he did when she got an A i...more
I enjoyed the medical stories and descriptions of neurosurgery residency, and found it very readable for the lay person. If the description above was too gross for you, this book may not be the best choice.
Perhaps it was the fact that Katrina Firlik is one of the few neurosurgeons in the USA (and I, as a prospective surgeon fascinated by the brain, look up to her)that made me pick this book, in spite of my low budget and long list of similar medical-oriented material. But I am forever grateful for my int...more
I would agree, there are parts of this book that don't seem to "fit" with the book's theme- such as her views on religion- but I found that most of her comments (in the case...more
Apparently neurosurgeons are the bestest smartest people out there (p200--What might be accomplished, in addition, if the same group lent some of their collective brain power to, say, improving public education or homeland...more
All of this...more
As a psychologist and statistician, I am a bit stunned that these folks don't know how to compute or communicate probabilities and statistics related to things like survival rates and also don't know the details of brain anatomy (names of sulci) that research neuroscientists do. I'm also worried about the statements that your treatment course i...more
I did not receive any further insight into my husband's condition (beyond what I already knew), since this book is a memoir rather than a composition of case studies. Nonetheless, I wasn't disappointed. Firlik is a fantastic writer, and is able to exp...more
From the bizarre to the humbling, these accounts of her journeyman years while she struggle...more
Other than her sometimes poorly thought-out "logical" viewpoints that span the whole book, the book's entertaining cases still probably make it worth...more
Many times medicine can seem obscure, even to the medical student. The one thing I received from this book is an unraveling of the natu...more
Katrina Firlik shatters the myth most of us hold of brain surgeons as superheroes: they're merely masters of the trade. Critics agreed that her engaging, witty insight into the profession, her layperson's explanation of complex medical terms and routine surgeries, and her compelling stories more than overshadowed the blood-and-gore factor. A few critics expressed disappointment that Firlik only touched on her challenges as a woman in the field, particularly as the first woman admitted to Univer...more
The issue of brain texture is on my mind all the time.
There is, on average, 1 neurosurgeon for every 66,000 people in this country. Compare that to the African continent where the ratio is 1 neurosurgeon per 6 million people. One piece of advice: avoid a head injury while on safari.
Life is not a dress rehearsal. You have to enjoy it, make the most of it, while your neurons are still buzzing with live connections.
In a study of a couple hundred regular volunteers and a senior Tibe...more