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Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical front line. 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 40 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 the lives not just of patients 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 best-selling 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.

Written and narrated by Dr. Henry Marsh.

©2017 Henry Marsh (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Fantastic book, well read, honest insightful

Fantastic book, well read, honest, and insightful account of his career and how it impacted on his personal life. Would absolutely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-17

very interesting.

narrator excellent.
story intriguing.
flow of book a little disjointed at times, but overall concept okay.
worthwhile listen.

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  • DEANVEGGY
  • 09-16-17

intensely interesting, and brutally honest

a privilege to sit in with henry on this. also loved the section on the cottage renovation and the meaning of life.

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  • 09-11-17

On Mr Marsh

Sobering, heartfelt and uplifting. Enjoyed even more as the previous as this book was voiced by marsh himself. I only hope that should I ever need help with my brain I find a man such as he, keep up the woodwork good sir and send me a jar of finest honey soon. An excellent book. Buy it !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-17

Every manager in the NHS/politician should read this

Fantastic book - really insightful, interesting and really well written. I didn't love it as much and his first book but this is still brilliant. A must read!

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  • Gareth West Crosbie
  • 08-16-17

inspiring.

A beautiful and honestly written book. I'm so glad I listened to this, it is deep and thought provoking.

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  • Samantha Pearce
  • 08-15-17

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I think Henry Marsh's first memoir is better, this is a bit scattergun. I would though living in the U.K. and NOT a fan of the NHS wished for a greater discussion of how a Surgeon's training & practice has changed during his lifetime as he is clearly seen much he dislikes.

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  • Book Lover
  • 08-13-17

Very opinionated and often arrogant

What made the experience of listening to Admissions the most enjoyable?

Hearing the author.

What other book might you compare Admissions to, and why?

His first book.

Have you listened to any of Henry Marsh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Much the same, but I liked him less as a person after hearing this. Must be difficult to live with and work with, despite his varied talents, which I greatly admire.

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  • S D BALL
  • 08-04-17

Another excellent book by Henry Marsh.

Honest, at times almost brutal, yet compelling. It helps that such a book is read by the author.
Well worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-17

Great book

Great book with meaningful start and end. Waivers a little in the middle in terms of meaning but is interesting nonetheless!

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  • Unretired
  • 05-30-17

Outstanding

Another outstanding book from Henry Marsh. Very much enhanced by Henry reading it himself. Moving, engaging, self-effacing, insightful.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Paul
  • 06-20-17

Beautifully read, refreshingly honest, touchingly humane and always engaging.

Mr Marsh is clearly an extraordinary polymath with his hands, his mind and his heart. I love the way his story telling ranges from one continent to another, from culture to culture, patient to patient, agonising outcomes to miraculous cures, touching generosity to excoriating cringe-fests of past indiscretions and vanities.

It is his humanity, laid bare in heartwarming and surprising juxtaposition to his laudable achievements that makes his story so compelling.

Set next to his humanity is the joy of his insatiable curiosity and lust to create with his hands.... slashing weeds, sharpening the blade of a plane, lifting a steel beam into place with fewer tools than the Egyptians probably had at their disposal, or, planting a forest and building new windows. To feel the enthusiasm in his voice is a delight.

Oh, and I love his fulminating outbursts against The Managers and the regressive left. Love it!

Then, of course, are the all too serious existential issues that he discourses on.... something close to my heart given the instances I've twice been faced with regarding "switching off the machine". Thank you Mr Marsh for your candour and forthrightness.

I only have one beef..... I wish Mr Marsh had read his other book as well (Do No Harm).

Cheers,
Paul

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  • cameron.hoare
  • 06-15-17

a nice memoir. honest but all over the place.

an interesting memoir. well told, homest and insightful, but at parts sounded like a lonely man trying to avoid dementia

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