• All That Moves Us

  • A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, His Young Patients, and Their Stories of Grace and Resilience
  • By: Jay Wellons
  • Narrated by: Jay Wellons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“The surgical interventions in these pages are dizzying, but the fact that Jay Wellons can write as well as he can operate provides a whole other level of amazement.”—Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth

“A powerful and moving account of the intense joys and sorrows of being a pediatric neurosurgeon.”—Henry Marsh, New York Times bestselling author of Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

Tumors, injuries, ruptured vascular malformations—there is almost no such thing as a non-urgent brain surgery when it comes to kids. For a pediatric neurosurgeon working in the medical minefield of the brain—in which a single millimeter in every direction governs something that makes us essentially human—every day presents the challenge, and the opportunity, to give a new lease on life to a child for whom nothing is yet fully determined and all possibilities still exist. 

In All That Moves Us, Dr. Jay Wellons pulls back the curtain to reveal the profoundly moving triumphs, haunting complications, and harrowing close calls that characterize the life of a pediatric neurosurgeon, bringing the high-stakes drama of the operating room to life with astonishing candor and honest compassion. Reflecting on lessons learned over twenty-five years and thousands of operations completed on some of the most vulnerable and precious among us, Wellons recounts in gripping detail the moments that have shaped him as a doctor, as a parent, and as the only hope for countless patients whose young lives are in his hands.

Wellons shares scenes of his early days as the son of a military pilot, the years of grueling surgical training, and true stories of what it’s like to treat the brave children he meets on the threshold between life and death. From the little boy who arrived at the hospital near death from a gunshot wound to the head, to the eight-year-old whose shredded nerves were repaired using suture as fine as human hair, to the brave mother-to-be undergoing fetal spinal cord surgery, All That Moves Us is an unforgettable portrait of the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern children’s hospital—and a meditation on the marvel of life as seen from under the white-hot lights of the operating room.

©2022 Jay Wellons (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

All That Moves Us tells the story of lives that have been shattered and reassembled. The surgical interventions in these pages are dizzying, but the fact that Jay Wellons can write as well as he can operate provides a whole other level of amazement. This is a wondrous and deeply moving book.” (Ann Patchett)

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Ped Neurosurg world

Excellent summary of the pediatric neurosurgery world! Especially love the raw truth of the personal struggles of surviving and thriving in this unique world! Highly recommend the book.

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you don't want to miss this.

an insight into a world we don't know about but written with compassion for those who have had the need for a pediatric neurosurgeon. you don't want to miss this book.

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Empathy in medicine shared well

Wellons shares his experiences with patients as a student, resident and attending pediatric neurosurgeon. It’s a nice balance interweaving medical conditions, surgical descriptions and emotions he has felt over the decades in medicine. The personal stories he shares are interesting.

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Wonderful memoir

This is such a lovely memoir. Dr. Wellons writes with compassion and care. The technical is explained in easier terms. It is really a portrait of the miraculous human body and the resilience of these young patients and their families. I felt like Dr. Wellons gave a very honest and grounded view of his specialty. I was telling my 12-year old some of the stories and she wanted to listen to this as well. She's completely engrossed!

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Great insight for anyone thinking about neuro-surgery career.

Great insight and very relatable. This is a must read for anyone thinking about joining the profession.

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The Title Says it All

Jay Wellons does an outstanding job of helping us understand his story, his practice, his patients and their families. He writes well and has very important things to say about what really matters when treating patients and training the next generation of pediatric neurosurgeons. I further appreciate that he sees himself firmly as a part of a healthcare team which is critical to providing stellar care. Thank you, Dr. Wellons, for sharing your insights, wisdom and stories with us and thank you to all the patients, families and staff members who so generously contributed as well.

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This book renewed my faith in humanity. Beautifully told. I never fully appreciated the grace, gratitude and appreciation for one another that underlies the medical profession. I want to go and hug all my doctors and thank them for being.

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  • 08-03-22

Moving

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dr. Wellons share his memories and experiences with his family, friends, coworkers and patients.

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Riveting, heartfelt, thought-provoking

Read by the author, this in-depth medical memoir is not for the faint of heart but well worth a listen for the honesty and insights, decision-making internal dialog, clarity, and ultimately, the author's conviction of our shared humanity, regardless of our cultural upbringing or political affiliation.

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Excellent Book

This is one of the best books I ever read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn something and in the process cry a little. He weaves his actual pediatric neurosurgical cases with his own life experiences, in particular, his touching experiences with his father, to create a narrative that is hard to put down. It is really good.