Review of All That Moves Us: Life Lessons From A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, by Jay Wellons

Mention “Pediatric Neurosurgeon”, and the first thing that came to my mind (before reading this book) is Dr. Ben Carson, who performed the first pediatric hemispherectomy, and was famously involved in the separation of conjoined twins. I have read about and watched a movie about the now-retired Dr. Carson.

Thankfully, I didn’t have any children in need of a pediatric neurosurgeon. If I had, I’m sure I would have learned about Dr. Jay Wellons, who practices at Vanderbilt. Wellons, an inveterate southerner, is a talented writer, having also published op-ed pieces in the New York Times. Wellons titled his book, All That Moves Us, with a dual meaning, since we can move because of nerve impulses.

Wellons advanced progress of pediatric neurosurgery beyond what it was in Dr. Carson’s time. Significantly, Wellons is part of a team which corrects spina bifida in utero. Dr. Wellons relates stories about this as well as brain surgeries, nerve repair, and ironically, coming to terms with his father’s ALS.

Now available for pre-order. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the advance reader copy!

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