BRAIN SURGEON by Dr. William Sharpe


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An autobiographical autopsy, and a modest, rather benevolent, backward look on his career and the contributions made in the often discouraging field of neurosurgery. From his Harvard undergraduate and postgraduate schooling, along with John Haynes Holmes- a close friend- who contributes the introduction here, to Johns Hopkins and a stern briefing under Harvey Cushing, Sharpe went to China for several years which offered him wide experience as a general surgeon, then returned to practice as a brain surgeon in New York. With cerebral palsy a special concern- and Sharpe made several important diagnostic and therapeutic (operative) discoveries here, he also fought against the ""expectant palliative treatment""- do nothing- handling of brain injuries, describes other conditions encountered in his field- hydrocephalus, tumors, etc. There's something too about his family; his tastes and interests; his fight against the diseased attitudes of prejudice as well as disease; his instrumentality in forming the Pan-American Medical Association... Less amphitheatrical than most, this is a self-effacing record of a profession pursued with dignity and dedication- for a limited lay audience.

Publisher: Viking