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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. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the overwhelming 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 consequences of your decisions alter not just the life of a patient but also of those around them. The overpowering human urge to prolong life can often come at a great cost to those who are living it, and to those who love them.

In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of DO NO HARM finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781474605892
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 4 May 2017
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.1(H) x 15.4(L) x 2.1(W)
Weight (gm): 370

 

Reviews

A fascinating look at the complexities of life-saving surgery, - GQ

his beautiful prose and acute observations of people and places, and of his own character, disposition and passions, cause us to reflect on our attitudes to living and dying, and to better understand what matters to us. - Reader's Digest

His best reflections are full of searing honesty about failures - his own, and those of systems. - Adelaide Advertiser

An honest, insightful,fascinating reports from the surgical frontline - Readings

a fine writer and storyteller, and a nuanced observer - The Guardian Australia

It must have been an exacting task to follow such a book, but Marsh has pulled it off with Admissions, his second memoir, which weaves reflections on his own impending mortality with further tales of surgical life. The ground it covers is, admittedly, similar to that of Do No Harm, but it's not a bit repetitive - and markedly more personal. - AFR Weekend

Admissions" is more about the man than the surgeon, but it is excellent in its own right. - Economist, Global

At times harrowing, sombre and thought provoking this book explores a profession that many of us are fortunate enough not to have personally experienced or thought about. - QUEENSLAND REVIEWERS COLLECTIVE BLOG

 

Author Biography

Henry Marsh was one of Britain's foremost brain surgeons, and worked as Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London for thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work in the NHS, he has continued to operate and lecture abroad, in Nepal, Albania and Ukraine. His prize-winning memoir, DO NO HARM, was a SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. He has been the subject of two award-winning documentary films, YOUR LIFE IN THEIR HANDS and THE ENGLISH SURGEON. He was made a CBE in 2010.
Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery
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