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Showing all books by: Henry Marsh

Do No Harm
Stories from the world of neurosurgery. Henry is an experienced neurosurgeon and describes the astonishing work he does, drilling into skulls, delving into brains, saving lives (or extending them at least), and only occasionally wrecking someone.
Absolutely fascinating and very moving at times. Chapter 2 was all about clipping aneurysms, and mentions coiling too - just after I'd spent some days at work pricing clips and coils for neurosurgery! (Although of course its radiologists who use the coils, not neurosurgeons). A really good read, and it's shortlisted for the 2015 Wellcome Prize, whose judging panel is chaired this year by Bill Bryson!
Score: 8.5
Published: 2014
Read: March 10th 2015

Admissions: a life in brain surgery
Henry provides further stories from his life as a brain surgeon along with his hopes and fears for his retirement years.
Very good. Not such a coherent thread as with Do No Harm but plenty of interesting and thought-provoking episodes from a fascinating life. Very honest about his own frailties and also the limitations of modern medicine and the ethical issues that emerge when dealing with (often) fatal diseases.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2017
Read: June 15th 2017