I am an orthopedic surgeon but I went into medical school thinking I wanted to be a Neurosurgeon because of a book I read. I very much agree with Parthey's answer and I highly recommend reading "First, Do No Harm: Reflections on becoming a Neurosurgeon" by J. Kenyon Rainer. This book will make you want to become a neurosurgeon. For me, it turned out that orthopedic surgery was better suited for my personality and lifestyle but I think neurosurgery is a great field to use you brain, your hands and to help out others. It pays well but also requires a high level of training, dedication and sacrifice. Where I live, it requires a 4 year college degree, 4 years of medical school and a 5-6 year Neurosurgery residency training program. The last NS hired in our town was given a salary of $850, 000 but he was also on call every other day and every other weekend. It would be up to you to decide if you have the level of dedication required for this. Hope this was helpful. Good luck.