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Admissions : A Life in Brain Surgery - Henry Marsh


A Life in Brain Surgery

Paperback Published: 26th April 2017
ISBN: 9781474605892
Number Of Pages: 288

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Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the overwhelming burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the consequences of your decisions alter not just the life of a patient but also of those around them. The overpowering human urge to prolong life can often come at a great cost to those who are living it, and to those who love them.

In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

About the Author

Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London in 1987, where he still works full time. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your Life In Their Hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, featuring his work in the Ukraine, which won an EMMY. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is married to the anthropologist and writer Kate Fox.

Industry Reviews

A fascinating look at the complexities of life-saving surgery, - GQ

his beautiful prose and acute observations of people and places, and of his own character, disposition and passions, cause us to reflect on our attitudes to living and dying, and to better understand what matters to us. - Reader's Digest

His best reflections are full of searing honesty about failures - his own, and those of systems. - Adelaide Advertiser

An honest, insightful,fascinating reports from the surgical frontline - Readings

a fine writer and storyteller, and a nuanced observer - The Guardian Australia

It must have been an exacting task to follow such a book, but Marsh has pulled it off with Admissions, his second memoir, which weaves reflections on his own impending mortality with further tales of surgical life. The ground it covers is, admittedly, similar to that of Do No Harm, but it's not a bit repetitive - and markedly more personal. - AFR Weekend

Admissions" is more about the man than the surgeon, but it is excellent in its own right. - Economist, Global

At times harrowing, sombre and thought provoking this book explores a profession that many of us are fortunate enough not to have personally experienced or thought about. - QUEENSLAND REVIEWERS COLLECTIVE BLOG

Another winner.


Henry Marsh's second book is enthralling ... hard to put down . A must for those who want an intelligent read.

Hobart, Tasmania




Reading this book would enlighten us on our struggles in this world, our achievements and failures before we reach the 'used by date'.

Brisbane, Queensland



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ISBN: 9781474605892
ISBN-10: 1474605893
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th April 2017
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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