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A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM
THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER
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 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 both patients and for 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.
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
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
A fascinating look at the complexities of life-saving surgery, - GQ
a fine writer and storyteller, and a nuanced observer - The Guardian Australia
His best reflections are full of searing honesty about failures - his own, and those of systems. - Adelaide Advertiser
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
Admissions" is more about the man than the surgeon, but it is excellent in its own right. - Economist, Global
An honest, insightful,fascinating reports from the surgical frontline - Readings
Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St.George's in 1987, where he still works full time.
He has been the subject of two major documentary films: Your Life in their Hands (BBC 2003 ) which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal and The English Surgeon (2009) which won an Emmy. He has lectured widely on the subject of hospital architecture and design, keeps bees and makes furniture in his spare time. He was made a CBE by HM the Queen in 2010. He is married to the best-selling anthropologist and writer Kate Fox.
Visit the website www.theenglishsurgeon.com for more information.