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April 27, 2006

'A healthy brain has the consistency of soft tofu' — Brain surgeon Katrina Firlik, M.D. in her new memoir, 'Another Day in the Frontal Lobe'

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This book comes out next week and I've pre-ordered it ($15.72) from Amazon.

The blurbs say it's a "neurosurgeon's 'Kitchen Confidential'" — that's good enough for me.

The author, Dr. Katrina Firlik (above), is one of about 200 female neurosurgeons in the world.

Pretty select group — smart, tough and plenty aggressive.

Firlik writes about her fellow neurosurgeons, "They're the kids who never lost at musical chairs."

You've got to be hard if you're gonna be a neurosurgeon.

If you're not the type of person who will sleep well after laboring under a microscope for ten hours only to have your patient suddenly bleed out and die, you're not suited for this specialty.

Is it wrong to be like that?

Think that's pretty cold?

Tell you what: I want my neurosurgeon to sleep like a baby the night before she/he cracks my skull.

Get over it.

Neurosurgeon Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., in his superb book, "When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales of Neurosurgery,"

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memorably wrote, "You're never the same once the air hits your brain."

Unfortunately true — and different in this case rarely means better.

Like "soft tofu"... I wonder what Anthony Bourdain could do with that... — eeewww, joe, that's so gross.

Sorry — me läpse.

April 27, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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