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Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

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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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    6/11/17
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    "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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  • Director
    Midlands, UK
    5/30/17
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    "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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    5/24/17
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    "Excellent follow up to Do No Harm"

    Excellent follow up to Do no Harm, this time read by the author himself. Life and death met as they are.

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/22/17
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    "Mostly harmless..."

    Do No Harm was a fabulous insight into the mental process and stresses of a working brain surgeon. This follow up feels more like a collection of random out takes. Occasionally interesting, but nowhere near as compelling as its predecessor.

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