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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author

An international best seller

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.

Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times best seller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal. In Admissions he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished countries and the further insights it has given him into the practice of medicine.

Marsh also faces up to the 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 overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for patients and those who love them.

Reflecting on what 40 years of handling the human brain has taught him, Marsh finds a different purpose in life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

©2017 Henry Marsh (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Consistently entertaining.... Honesty is abundantly apparent here - a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists." (The Guardian)
"Disarmingly frank storytelling...his reflections on death and dying equal those in Atul Gawande's excellent Being Mortal." (The Economist)

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Great book

I enjoyed the candor of the authorand very well read also.
There was a very nice mix of medical, human and natural beauty.

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Another wonderful book

I really enjoyed Do No Harm and was pleased to find that Mr Marsh had written - and narrated! - another book. His autobiographical storytelling style reminds me a bit of James Herriot. This follow up did not disappoint. We hear about more of his interesting cases and patient stories and his own thoughts and feelings relating to those cases, and learn about Nepal, and what happened in Ukraine. Perhaps because it’s exactly what I’d like to do myself, I found myself wishing for a picture or two of the little cottage by the canal that the author is renovating (impractical for an audiobook :-) )

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  • 11-07-17

My Favorite of 2017!

Thoughtful and honest about his failures and successes as a surgeon and unfailingly compassionate toward his patients. Narration by the author is a plus. Enjoyed all the idiosyncrasies of British pronunciation!

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  • 10-04-17

Loved the book, but hated the narration.

The book was great, but the narration was done by an old man, and was very hard to understand due to hoarseness .. As a non native english speaker I never had difficult in an audiobook, but this book I almost stopped and returned due to this ..I understand the point of having an old man narrating a book of lifetime stories, but it should be easier - I could not listen to this in any noisy environment because it was impossible to understand .. Sad that such a good book was narrated so poorly ..

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