An astonishingly candid insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon - its triumphs and disasters. A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller, and shortlisted for the GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD and the COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD, as well as longlisted for the SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION.
Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He 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, where he still works full time. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, YOUR LIFE IN THEIR HANDS, which won the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY GOLD MEDAL, and THE ENGLISH SURGEON, featuring his work in the Ukraine, which won an EMMY. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is married to the anthropologist and writer Kate Fox. Visit his website at http://www.theenglishsurgeon.com/
DO NO HARM is an elegant series of meditations ... At heart, this is a book about wisdom and experience - DAILY TELEGRAPHAn enthralling read ... a testimony of wonder ... Marsh's style is admirably clear, concise and precise ... There is no forcing of a narrative arc or a happy ending, just the quotidian frustrations, sorrows, regrets and successes of neurosurgical life - GUARDIANA searingly frank book which tells the story of a danger-fraught occupation the way it is. Every chapter is a tightrope walk ... Has you on the edge of your seat ... Even more fascinating is his candour about his own feelings ... Henry Marsh's patients are living, individual people - he makes us feel we know them - DAILY MAILBy and large, [DO NO HARM] contains stories not of triumph, or of the author's skill and expertise, but of the emotional and psychological toll exacted when things go horribly wrong ... His understanding of the nature of suffering is deep and personal - NEW STATESMAN