Although I was sorry there wasn't a chapter featuring deep brain stimulation, this is the brain surgery book I hoped for! The memoir isn't particularly well structured and the stories don't always have a well defined arc, but that doesn't matter. The author is a brain surgeon for god sake, not a Pulitzer winning author. What is revealed is the challenging world of high risk surgery carry high levels of risk and reward. Surgeons are notorious for having big egos, and Dr. Henry Marsh is no exception. His disdain for hospital and healthcare management was as evident as his compassion for his patients. He candidly talks about his struggles dealing with less than sympathetic patients. Also, kudos to the best temper tantrum I've seen in a book (following a botched job performed by a trainee).