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Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik
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Mar 12, 08

bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction
Read in March, 2008

Firlik's memoir of her seven-year neurosurgery residency is interesting, but never quite grabbed me. Hell, it's about brain surgery -- how can that not be interesting? -- but her brisk tone tends towards superiority in places, particularly when discussing her opinions on class, religion, and the business of medical insurance.

But when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of actual neurosurgery, particularly where the surgeon combines technique with straightforward mechanical skill, Firlik is excellent. Her discussion of her own diverse interests and her search for a specialty made me mourn the requirement for hyper-specialization in both medicine and research science; her chapters on neurology and neuropathology, which are both quite distinct form neurosurgery, were among the best sections of the book.

Borrow this one from the library, but don't bother purchasing a copy.
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