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Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery Read more...

Do No Harm

Think brain surgery and you think calm competence, clinical precision. Think again. Top neurosurgeon Henry Marsh sheds light on the chaos, confusion and self-doubt of life inside the operating theatre.

I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing. With a pair of diathermy forceps I coagulate the beautiful and intricate red blood vessels that lie on the brain's shining surface...

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My age of anxiety

In this extract from his new history of anxiety, Scott Stossel attempts to pin down what exactly we mean by the word itself...

On February 16, 1948, at 3:45 in the afternoon, my great-grandfather Chester Hanford, who had recently stepped down after twenty years as the dean of Harvard College to concentrate full-time on his academic work as a professor of government ("with a focus on local and municipal government," as he liked to say), was admitted to McLean Hospital with a provisional diagnosis of "psychoneurosis" and "reactive depression." Fifty-six years old at the time of his admission, Chester reported that his primary complaints were insomnia, "feelings of anxiety and tension," and "fears as to the future."

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