Editor's Note

Gerald A. Grant, MD

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce the spring issue of Congress Quarterly (cnsq). In this issue, we will dive into the minds of neurosurgeons around the globe who also have become prolific writers. What motivates them to tell their stories? Who inspired them to write and how has this writing shaped their careers as neurosurgeons? How do they achieve balance in their lives? We interviewed seven accomplished neurosurgeons to better understand what motivates them to write.

We first hear from Dr. Henry Marsh, who is a consultant neurosurgeon in the United Kingdom and recently published his book Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. This is a frank and powerful narrative of his life in neurosurgery. Mr. Marsh admits that “as a writer, you’re trying to describe things because you’re involved, but you remain detached and struggle to write objectively.” I had the opportunity of working closely with Mr. Marsh at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital for a year as a senior registrar. We then meet Dr. Lee Warren, who is in practice in Wyoming, and discuss his book No Place to Hide. Dr. Warren and I were partners in the U.S. Air Force and were both deployed to Balad Air Base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Edison McDaniels, a pediatric neurosurgeon in Arkansas, talks about his most recent historical fiction novel, The Matriarch of Ruins, which is the second of a Gettysburg trilogy. Another interview was given by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, the wife of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who died before his book When Breath Becomes Air was published. Paul was a stellar neurosurgery resident at Stanford and touched the lives of so many in his final chapter. We then hear Dr. Eben Alexander recount his experience in coma and near death experience in his book, Proof of Heaven, and Dr. Katrina Firlik recount her memoir of neurosurgery training in Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside. Finally, we meet Dr. Brian Andrews and hear about his most recent book, Cherokee Neurosurgeon, a biography of the neurosurgery giant Dr. Charles Wilson, as well as his fictional murder mystery novels.

I really hope you enjoy reading these interviews as much as our team relished getting to know these passionate writers of our specialty. There are many more authors to highlight in future Congress Quarterly editions. Hats off to the Congress Quarterly Editorial Board and specifically Antonia Callas from the CNS office for her time and dedication to this issue.

Spring 2016
Volume 17, Number 2

Gerald A. Grant, MD, FACS
Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS
Aviva Abosch, MD
Kimon Bekelis
Edward C. Benzel, MD
Nicholas M. Boulis, MD
James S. Harrop, MD
Todd Charles Hollon, MD
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Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD
Brian T. Ragel, MD
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