What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through 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? Do No Harm is an unforgettable insight into the career of one of the country's leading neurosurgeons, and 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.
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.
DO NO HARM is an elegant series of meditations ... At heart, this is a book about wisdom and experience
- DAILY TELEGRAPH
An enthralling read ... a testimony of wonder ... Marsh's style is admirably clear, concise and precise ... There is no forcing of a narrative arc or a happy ending, just the quotidian frustrations, sorrows, regrets and successes of neurosurgical life - GUARDIAN
A searingly frank book which tells the story of a danger-fraught occupation the way it is. Every chapter is a tightrope walk ... Has you on the edge of your seat ... Even more fascinating is his candour about his own feelings ... Henry Marsh's patients are living, individual people - he makes us feel we know them
- DAILY MAIL
By and large, [DO NO HARM] contains stories not of triumph, or of the author's skill and expertise, but of the emotional and psychological toll exacted when things go horribly wrong ... His understanding of the nature of suffering is deep and personal - NEW STATESMAN