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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 rushing pickup truck. The effect all yet killed the boy, leaving him with a shattered leg, serious inner accidents, an incredible blood clot close to the mind stem, and—but for the delicate spinal cord—a entire separation of the cranium from the spine.

This is the riveting tale of ways Dr. Sonntag's pioneering innovation that day introduced him into the leading edge of the rising box of spinal neurosurgery. healthcare professional 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 by means of sufferers, citizens, and fellows for his hugely own method of educating and mentorship, and for his instance of lifestyles stability, during this booklet Dr. Sonntag additionally stocks tales of his early life as a German immigrant in chilly battle the US that lend perception into how, with humility, sacrifice, honesty, compassion, industry—and humor—an person can triumph over adversity and attain the yankee Dream.

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