The Learning Curve - A Neurosurgeon’s Memoir

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An Army Neurosurgeon writing his memoirs could be a rarity, but then author’s four decades (almost) in the Indian Army as a doctor (in excess of three decades as a neurosurgeon) has indeed given him a sack-full of events and experiences, something that is just waiting to be shared. Beginning with the undergrad days at the Armed Forces Medical College Pune, the events and people that have shaped author’s destiny awaits to be shared. Written from the perspective of a doctor and a neurosurgeon dealing with illnesses that require operating on the brain and spinal cord of men, women and children and being rewarded with gratitude and ecstasy when they recovered, and a feeling of emptiness with hours and days of introspection when they didn’t, adding layered maturity to the (often wounded) psyche.

The text is not chronicled as a documentary. Rather it is intended to be an account of inspiring, evocative and sobering recollection of author’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. Some of the moments of author’s family life too get intimately interwoven with the narration, that takes the reader back and forth in time as though negotiating a wormhole of time. With each day an education and another learning opportunity, it has been a never-ending journey on the learning curve. 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.

About the Author: Brig (Dr) Harjinder Singh Bhatoe graduated from the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in 1978, and served the Armed Forces for 34 years. He did postgraduation in General Surgery in 1986, and specialization in Neurosurgery from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh in 1991. He has been trained in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the US, in Keyhole and Microneurosurgery in Germany and in Spine surgery (Deformity Correction) in Denmark. He is a recipient of the prestigious Ambroise Paré Award for Combat Surgery Innovation from International Committee on Military Medicine. He has more than three decades of Neurosurgical experience, and has served in top referral hospitals of the Army including Army Hospital (RR) Delhi Cantt and Armed Forces Medical College Pune where he mentored neurosurgery residents. He is a paratrooper, and has served with the President’s Bodyguard, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi and the elite Parachute Brigade of the Indian Army. This book describes his journey of becoming an Army doctor and an Army neurosurgeon.

He lives in Mohali (Punjab) and heads the Neurosurgery unit at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Mohali.

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2023)
  • Author: Brigadier Harjinder Singh Bhatoe
  • ISBN-13: 9781636408491
  • Product Dimensions:  6 x 1 x 9 Inches

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