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What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?
With astonishing compassion and candor, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life. Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight 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.
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HENRY MARSH studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, 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. He has been the subject of two documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, which won an Emmy, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Do No Harm and NBCC finalist Admissions. He was made a CBE in 2010.
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- Publisher : Picador; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- International Standard Book Number-10 : 125009013X
- International Standard Book Number-13 : 978-1250090133
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.78 x 8.25 inches
November 1, 2018
Dr. Marsh certainly talks (a LOT) about his tragic cases where things went terribly wrong. In fact, almost the entire book is about the operations he made mistakes with. I think three cases were successful and happy, otherwise, all of them, severe tragedies. One young man, Dr. Marsh put in a perpetual coma and the unfortunate man had to be placed into a nursing home for the rest of his life.
Many times, Marsh’s mistakes were so avoidable, like the (many) times he accidentally cut a nerve or severed a vital connection in the brain, that was not repairable. So, either Marsh only remembers the tragedies, or else he was a TERRIBLE surgeon. His dismal track record would never fly in America, where I live. He would have lost his hospital privileges years ago for incompetency.
February 6, 2018
As I read this book, I pondered how many stars I would end up giving it.
I do believe this is the first time I have actively considered the end rating as I was reading but this was the kind of book that required such thinking.
Do No Harm is all about neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, his patients, their outcomes and how the British health care system would frequently get in the way. The book also came off as disjointed in that it really (to me) didn’t follow a specific path, instead meandering through Mr Marsh’s patients and cases. In the end, not having the cases presented chronologically didn’t detract from the fascination of the cases themselves and Mr Marsh, but it remained something in the back of my mind as I read the book.
It’s a rather long book and Mr Marsh is a very good writer with both the cases presented and the patients fascinating. If you’ve enjoyed other books of this ilk, then I’m sure Do No Harm will sit proudly on your shelf (physical, or in my case, cyber).
I finally decided to give the book 4 stars – well-worth reading, but not at the very top of the genre.
March 25, 2015
This book is well written, gripping, and fascinating. Sometimes it is sad or gruesome. It is accurate in the descriptions of medical details, surgical procedures, and the life of brain surgeons. If you like to think of your physician as a demi-god you should not read this book. If you can handle the truth, read on.
As an anesthesiologist, I read with a mix of amusement and rueful resignation. Dr. Marsh is a true representative of his species, the neurosurgeon. They are by turns kind, irritating, cocky, courageous, arrogant, brilliant, obsessive, awe-inspiring, and lonely. They usually graduated at the top of their medical school class. Their residency did not end until they were well into their 30’s. Many hospitals have lots of pediatricians, intensivists, internists, and hospitalists, but they only have one neurosurgeon. Even in a field of doctors, a collection of brainy nerds, they stand alone.
Their arrogance is undeniable. Henry Marsh relates how he was stuck in a line of shoppers at the grocery store and thinks with irritation that none of them could do what he just did today, so why does he have to wait behind them? Like fighter pilots or Special Forces, society is not comfortable with such people, but when we need them, we need them desperately. And we always need them.
There is a moment before every invasive medical procedure when you could pause and contemplate the enormous consequences of failure. If you spend too much time doing that, you will end up paralyzed, and the patient will suffer. If you spend too much time thinking about the appalling human carnage that will result from surgery gone wrong, you will never take up the knife. No matter how skillful, knowledgeable, and careful you are, there will be carnage. No one knows this better than the neurosurgeon. To cut into a human brain takes enormous hubris. Every procedure includes the risk of death, but there are worse things than death. Most doctors will see worse-than-death only rarely during their career, but the neurosurgeon sees it often. It is the nature of their specialty. It is beyond extreme. For example, I induce a death-like coma in my patients daily, then rescue them from it. Yet I could not abide such a life of enormous risk.
Dr. Marsh is a writer of depth and skill. He probably does everything well, if he does it at all. If you think that neurosurgery is fascinating, you should read this book.
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