Life as A Brain Surgeon

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The 2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist, International Bestseller, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2017!

"Marsh has retired, which means he's taking a thorough inventory of his life. His reflections and recollections make Admissions an even more introspective memoir than his first, if such a thing is possible." -- The New York Times

"Consistently entertaining...Honesty is abundantly apparent here--a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists." -- The Guardian

"Disarmingly frank storytelling...his reflections on death and dying equal those in Atul Gawande's excellent Being Mortal ." -- The Economist

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.

Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm , Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal. In Admissions he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished countries and the further insights it has given him into the practice of medicine.

Marsh also 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 patients and those who love them.

Reflecting on what forty years of handling the human brain has taught him, Marsh finds a different purpose in life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250127266
Branch Call Number: 617.4 MAR 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 271 pages ; 22 cm


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apollospacefan Apr 29, 2018

Extremely engaging to have a brain surgeon let you into his own brain, and shares the reality of making decisions about other peoples brains. Ultimately, Marsh reveals that he is a normal human being, just like the rest of us, with mistakes, doubts, and successes. We don't often allow people in his position to have these human qualities and it is refreshing.

Mar 04, 2018

A very interesting,, thoughtful account of his career as a neurosurgeon. Unflinchingly honest about his own perceived shortcoming, this book is like a breath of fresh air. Dr. Henry Marsh is articulate and informative.
All in all a great read.

Jan 20, 2018

I love his first book, and I really liked this one, too. Honest and meaningful as an older medical professional looks back on his life and prepares for a new chapter after his career as a surgeon in England ends.

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