Life on the Frontal Lobe

41kn1xv4l_ss500_In a recent article in MIT Technology Review, "A Messy Art," neurosurgeon Kartrina Firlik wrote an insider's account of her relationship to the tools of her trade, to technology, that is simultaneously serious and all-too-human.

She will speak at the IdeaFestival in September, describing her life, as it were, on the inside.

Because the standard procedure until recently was to remove a substantial part of the patient's skull in order to make sure that the correct area of the brain was bare before the surgeon's probes, improvements in surgical instruments and technology are welcome. Not only can accuracy be greatly improved, but better tools and techniques are potentially far less debilitating for the patient post-surgery. You don't just jack into the human brain without plan. She writes: