Backbone: The Life and Game-Changing Career of a Spinal by Volker Sonntag

By Volker Sonntag

On a gorgeous spring morning in 1989, neurosurgeon and backbone specialist Volker Sonntag was once simply completing rounds at Saint Joseph’s sanatorium in Phoenix, Arizona. At that very same second 16 miles away, a hard-charging boy named TJ veered his motorcycle into the trail of a dashing pickup truck. The impression all yet killed the boy, leaving him with a shattered leg, serious inner accidents, a huge blood clot close to the mind stem, and—but for the delicate spinal cord—a whole separation of the cranium from the spine.

This is the riveting tale of the way Dr. Sonntag's pioneering innovation that day introduced him into the leading edge of the rising box of spinal neurosurgery. health care provider to a Who’s Who of royalty, celebrities and politicians, his clear-eyed debts of disasters and successes, antagonistic turf wars, media accusations of quackery, political demanding situations, and state-of-the-art technical advances divulge to the reader simply what it takes to be a game-changer in a single of the world's so much harrowing professions.

Revered through sufferers, citizens, and fellows for his hugely own method of instructing and mentorship, and for his instance of existence stability, during this publication Dr. Sonntag additionally stocks tales of his adolescence as a German immigrant in chilly warfare the United States that lend perception into how, with humility, sacrifice, honesty, compassion, industry—and humor—an person can conquer adversity and attain the yank Dream.

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