Pursuing a Career in the Cerebral Circus

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Author pens the story of a man’s overwhelming ambition to become a neurologist.

What would a physician like old Dr. Homer Shirley, do if he were in my shoes?

Allen Flint Childress is a half-breed Cherokee born into this world under unusual circumstances. If not for the muscle, guts, and curses of his hero, a doctor, he would not have survived. Thus, his decision to pursue a career in medicine is only natural for someone who owes his life to it. Author Dewey A. Nelson, M.D., F.A.C.P. pens the story of Allen’s overwhelming ambition to become a doctor in CEREBRAL CIRCUS, an Xlibris release.

The protagonist, Allen Flint Childress was born and raised in the poor red clay hills of North Louisiana. He was drawn into medicine by his love and respect of old Dr. Homer Baines Shirley; a bull-headed “tough-as-a-cob” family doctor who pulled Allen into this world by a forceps delivery one cold December night in 1967. The baby survived, but was left with a concave defect in his left forehead, a lifelong reminder that he could have died in his mother’s birth canal, if not for the intuitive genius of Dr. Shirley.

When Allen entered L.S.U. in 1984, he was compelled by an indefinable instinct and intuition to become a neurologist. Driven by this overweening ambition, he tried to cut corners and was able to sail through the pre-med curriculum. After graduating in 1991, he served internship followed by neurology residency at the Cornell Division at Bellevue Hospital in New York.

Early in his residency, Childress became embroiled in a moral and scientific conflict with his antagonist, Dr. Bertrand O. Stanford, a distinguished Harvard Professor who was board certified in both neurology and infectious disease. While serving the usual three-year residency in Neurology, Allen suspected that Stanford was performing unethical neurological research. However, with no ironclad proof of this, what could Allen, a resident physician, do against a full professor who had unassailable credentials and strong political/faculty support? Not knowing what to do, or to whom he could turn, Allen often asked himself, “What would a physician like old Dr. Homer Shirley, do if he were in my shoes?”

Told in the conventional scenario of an unpolished country youth versus the city slicker, CEREBRAL CIRCUS gives an authentic insight into neurological training and research. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.

CEREBRAL CIRCUS * by Dewey A. Nelson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 369 pages; 978-1-4535-6324-3
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