A Neurosurgeon’s Memoir

A doctor in active service or in practice would have covered a fair amount of ground and gathered a sackful of real life happenings safely stacked up in the labyrinths of a limbic system (read memory circuit!). Sharing is a wonderful sentiment instead of just putting these away in the memory circuit from where they may never be retrieved!

“Moreover, if dementia or Alzheimer’s strikes (I am 67 now), these will be lost forever. Evocative, inspiring, funny collection of events in an Army neurosurgeon’s life from India, The Learning Curve (A Neurosurgeon’s Memoir) takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of the neurosurgical career spanning more than four decades,” shares Brig (Dr) Harjinder Singh Bhatoe.

“Being a neurosurgeon in no way means that I will write only about head injuries and brain tumours and how to treat them. That would be a case of straitjacketing. I would go deeper and make my patients more human in flesh and blood in my descriptions so that even a person who has never been to a doctor or to a hospital could find a resonance,” he further elaborates.

The text in the book is certainly not chronicled as a documentary. Rather it is intended to be an account of inspiring, evocative and sobering recollection of Dr Harjinder’s own interactions with the men, women and children who placed their unflinching faith in him when they or their family members were sick. A debt of gratitude is owed to them. It is believed that the memoirs will find resonance with the neurosurgeons, neurologists, doctors, specialists, men and women and students who may or may not belong to healthcare professions, across the continents.

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