Neurosurgery: Read The Neurosurgeon by Travis Robertson
Neurosurgery is exciting, eventful, and rewarding, but also stressful. The education typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, four or more years of residency instruction in neurosurgery, and often an additional fellowship in a subspecialty of neurosurgery. It takes years of intense training for learning microsurgical techniques to occlude an aneurysm at the base of the brain :
Neurosurgery: intracranial aneurysms (with blood swirling inside) from R carotid artery, R optic nerve above to L, R olfactory nerve below to L, R oculomotor nerve on R.
Neurosurgery: view under surgical microscope. Neurosurgeon has occluded same aneurysm with 2 metal clips.
Neurosurgery: as noted in this novel, much pressure, often intense, is placed on the surgeon and his or her family. As inconceivable as it seems, this author has seen murder and suicide (likely in relation to the use of drugs) in the case of a resident neurosurgeon. If serious emotional issues are left to simmer, the possibility of relying on drugs or alcohol to “calm the nerves” is ever-present, regardless of the education and sophistication of the skilled physician. The dangers of addicting drugs lurking in the environs of future M.D.’s often is not a subject of instruction in medical school.
Neurosurgery: from the novel
Minister speaking to Doctor Stone
“…‘Ira, you are only human. Like Joseph and his robe of many colors, that long white coat you wear does not confer immunity to the ills and frailties suffered by the rest of us. And neither does your M.D. degree. Doctor. We’ve put you on a pedestal, well beyond our reach. That is a very lonely place to be. Not only can we not comfort you in your hour of need, we don’t even realize that you require any succor. And then your Steffi comes along with no warning label.’ Shaddox inhaled and released double jets of smoke. ‘You would have to be made out of more than stone to resist such a temptation. No pun intended, Ira’…”
Regarding this psychological novel and neurosurgery
I thoroughly enjoyed working on my second novel, The Neurosurgeon, over the past several years. I spent evenings and weekends researching and writing when I was not in the operating room or seeing patients. More details about this book can be seen elsewhere (psychological novels and neurosurgery). I welcome any comments and criticism regarding this book, one of many psychological novels, keeping in mind that it is about a brilliant neurosurgeon who succumbs to the effects of alcohol and drugs while struggling for redemption. The good doctor finds himself trapped by dire circumstances rapidly escaping his control as he continues to carry out neurosurgery and operate on the human brain.
From “The Neurosurgeon”
Doctor Ira Stone discovers his mistress
“…As she quieted, I leaned over and listened to her heart. Her pulse was fast but regular. Air filled both lungs, though some secretions bubbled in the bronchi. Familiar arms then reached up and waved in the air. An eyelid rose, revealing her pupil, a deep well of toxic water reflecting darkly at the bottom, the other lid too swollen to open. Steffi coughed, whimpered, and turned over on her side. I grabbed her body and held her tightly to me as I kissed her bloody cheek. My throat clenched, and I knew then that the taste of her blood would never leave me…”
“… ‘Steffi!’ I screamed. I felt a surge of unfocused fear, a sense of menace swelling up as my hand grabbed a bottle of JD by its throat, hauling it from within the credenza. If there were ever a time for a stiff drink, it was now. Dear Lord, it was now…”
“…I was desperate for Jack Daniels or CC or anything! I felt as if my body had been impaled upon a rapier’s point. The other shoe had dropped. But even still I was in love with the woman! I could not help it, reason long since AWOL. The thought, My God, am I sick! crossed my mind but only for a nanosecond…”
(View another page in this website to see a thesaurus of 2,060 synonyms for “said,” “thought,” and “walked” in the author’s Mini-Thesaurus for psychological novels. Synonyms for these verbs were used extensively in the psychological novel, The Neurosurgeon.)
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