Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Hardback)
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Hardback)

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 13/03/2014

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What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, Henry Marsh must make agonising decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty. If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practised by calm and detached surgeons, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candour, one of the country's leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon's life. DO NO HARM is an unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780297869870
Weight: 418 g
Dimensions: 221 x 145 x 26 mm

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“Revealing and surprising!”

A warts and all memoir that plunges the reader head first into the fascinating and fragile world of a brain surgeon. Alongside vivid descriptions of human anatomy are the raw confessions of a man driven at times by... More

Hardback edition
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“An astonishing memoir of life and death”

Henry Marsh will already be known to many thanks to the extraordinary documentaries, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon; however reading this, his extraordinary memoir, proves that there is much to learn... More

“Neurosurgeons are human too”

The powerful message delivered by Marsh in this compelling book is that doctors do not possess miraculous powers or abilities- they are like the rest of us in our daily work - merely human, striving for the best... More

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