Neurosurgeon Shares Life, Career in New Book

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Ivan Ciric, MD, releases memoir, ‘Listen to the Patient.’

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Listen to the Patient: Of Life and Neurosurgery” (published by Archway Publishing) explores the life and experiences of the author, Ivan Ciric, MD. Through a series of patient stories and descriptions of operations, the memoir describes the steps leading to a brain operation and it shares the intricate details of brain operations for a number of neurologic maladies in an easy to understand prose.

“I weave together the story of my life that brought me from a continent and ocean away to the US with the meaning, secrets and ethical aspects of neurosurgery, including the unique privilege and daunting responsibility of navigating through the hidden nooks and crannies of the human brain,” Ciric says.

“I also wanted to share with my colleagues, especially the younger generation of neurosurgeons, the lessons I learned practicing neurosurgery for half a century. Aware of the interest in neurosurgery among the lay public, I wanted to put a human face on neurosurgeon’s work, including exhilaration of successful outcomes and despair of failures.”

An excerpt from “Listen to the Patient”:
Each and every patient who saw me in consultation over a period close to half a century, including those who required surgery, regardless of the outcome, has taught me a lesson in wisdom, humility, and humanity. Being honest and always taking the high road, not only as healers but also, just as importantly, with ourselves, is the only way to navigate the hurdles in life with our hearts at peace and our souls pure.

“Listen to the Patient”
By Ivan Ciric, MD
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 262 pages | ISBN 9781480831230
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 262 pages | ISBN 9781480831223
E-Book | 262 pages | ISBN 9781480831216
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ivan Ciric, MD, is emeritus professor of neurosurgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He earned the Doctor of Medicine from the University of Belgrade in 1958 and from the University of Cologne in 1964. Ciric retired from active practice at the Evanston Hospital and the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, in 2011. He and his wife, Anne, live in Northfield. This is his debut book.

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