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Psychological Novels: “The Neurosurgeon”
Psychological novels: “The Neurosurgeon”
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Novels: a dangerous path by the protagonist
Psychological novels take the reader away from daily worries and into a new and exciting, though dangerous, journey. These novels, whether hardback or in digital format books of fiction, can still be informative. The Neurosurgeon accurately describes addiction, alcoholism, a recovery program, aspects of psychology and psychiatry, hope for the addict or alcoholic and his or her family, the stressful life of a resident in neurosurgery, high-powered brain surgery, death, adultery and its hazards, and redemption.
Many assume that when the Grim Reaper takes the doctor’s patient away, the therapist simply takes it in his or her stride. In many cases the physician psychologically distances himself from the event. Deep down inside, perhaps unawares to the doctor, a sadness and guilt percolates. Getting too close to the patient might even disable him, as the following reveals.
From “The Neurosurgeon:”
Doctor Ira Stone examines his conscience
“…She was a strawberry blonde with deep, cerulean blue eyes, a true veteran who died from a pulmonary embolism one day later at the VA Hospital.
I wept that evening, quietly so no one would see, no one except my bottle of Jack Daniels and a new moon. I wept because, you see, in a way I had loved her so damn much it hurt, and I felt crushed by the leaden weight of failure, by the loss of another human being in my care…
…I had to steel myself against breaching that isolating barrier of professional detachment, against getting so close to my patients ever again. I was beginning to discover how successfully bourbon Manhattans eased the transition.
I dreaded phoning her sister…”
After another patient’s surgery
“…After they departed, a part of me continued to agonize over Charlene’s passing and burial. Another side struggled to run away, to build up protective escarpments, pretending it all never happened…”
At her funeral
“…I remained riveted to my seat, never more desperate to flee anywhere on this earth. Before me lay the image of my patient trapped motionless atop her bier, to join with the bones of ancestors forevermore, ghosts of those snakes, writhing, staring at me through that window in her cranium. I felt a searing pain, and I knew I never should have come. My hands shook so, the hands that…that…”
Arteriovenous malformation of the brain appears as writhing snakes pulsating with each heart beat
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Author of “The Neurosurgeon” in ski boat