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AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 4, 2019

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Mentorship: The Conduit of Perseverance

Mentorship: The Conduit of Perseverance

Joshua T. M. Lucas

Every neurosurgeon, at some point, made the complex decision to pursue a career in neurosurgery. Making this decision demands many of the same virtues that continue to show in their clinical careers. Among these virtues …

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The Superstition Hack

The Superstition Hack

Matthew Nettles

A friend was visiting in the home of Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, the famous atomic scientist. As they were talking, the friend kept glancing at a horseshoe hanging over the door. Finally, unable to …

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Inspiring Diverse Minds: The Value of Online Mentorship

Inspiring Diverse Minds: The Value of Online Mentorship

Tiffany Ejikeme; Jennifer A. Sweet, MD, FAANS

"The brain is among the most powerful and complex organs in the human body. Brains give rise to our ability to form relationships and make life meaningful."  – Paul Kalanithi1 While doing research, I learned that discoveries …

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A Patient, Not an Image

A Patient, Not an Image

Peter Palmer

My preconceived and naive opinion as a child was that neurosurgeons are excellent technicians that spend countless hours rearranging human tissue, much as would a mechanic working on a car. These distorted notions are common …

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The Sound of a Neurosurgical Operating Room

The Sound of a Neurosurgical Operating Room

William M. Holden; John A. Boockvar, MD, FAANS

??While the resident closed the miniscule lumbar incision following a synovial cyst removal, the surgeon asked me if I knew the song playing on the OR speaker. He was surprised when I said “1979” by …

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