Do no harm : stories of life, death and brain surgery / Henry Marsh.
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 9781780225920 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? In this powerful, gripping and brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in the face of the life-and-death situations he encounters daily. Henry Marsh gives a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre, the chaos and confusion of a modern hospital, the exquisite complexity of the human brain, and the blunt instrument that is surgeon's knife by comparison.
ix, 277 pages ; 20 cm
I recently reread Harold Klawans' Tales of Clinical Neurology [Toscaninni's Fumble & Newton's Madness] Which are fascinating case histories written so the layperson can understand. While I was doing so, a customer at the library where I work requested this title by Henry Marsh. When I saw it come in, I knew I'd have to read it. I immediately requested it so that I could get it when she'd finished. I wasn't disappointed. This work is very much in the same vein as Klawans, [medical pun fully intended] except it deals with the actual surgeries rather than just the diagnoses. It is a bit technical in places, but never to the degree that I felt 'this is all Greek to me' [or should I say Latin? ;) ] Fascinating. Engrossing. A really great read if you are into Human Biology and the mysterious workings of the brain as I am. An open and honest account. Incidentally, I recommended Klawans' books to our customer, and she has already requested the first one.
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