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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain

 

Idiot's Guide to the BrainI always had an interest in the workings of the human body and gravitated toward pre-med in college. To get a better sense of what medicine was really like, my father got me a job in the operating room of a hospital. It wasn’t too glamorous. My main job was to clean up the OR after surgery.

The great part of the job, however, was that the surgeons sometimes let me watch the operations. There I was inches away from an actual beating heart, the lungs, stomach, and rest of the anatomy. But there was nothing that could compare to seeing the human brain. It was awe-inspiring to see my father take a scalpel or laser and cut away a diseased part of the brain, or suck out a tumor, knowing that if his hands were not as precise as an atomic clock the patient could suffer brain damage or perhaps die on the operating table.

Once a patient was brought into surgery whose legs were paralyzed. At the end of the operation, I watched my father run a pin along the bottom of the patient’s feet. They wiggled. The paralysis was gone. I knew I could never do anything in my life that would equal that moment, and the gift of the power to heal that my father possessed. And I certainly never imagined that we could work together, so it was a great pleasure to be able to use my modest writing skills to try to bring to life the years of experience and the wealth of knowledge my father has accumulated about the brain. I hope you will find it as rewarding to read as it was for me to write.

 

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