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W&N Autobiography HB March £16.99 320pp 978 0 297 86987 0 eBook: £18.99 / 978 0 297 86988 7

‘Much of what happens in hospitals is a matter of luck, both good and bad – and as a brain surgeon you must learn to live with the consequences. These stories are about my attempts, and occasional failures, to find a balance between hope and realism.’

HENRY MARSH Do No Harm Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

An astonishingly candid, compassionate insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon. 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 the surgeon’s knife by comparison. In neurosurgery, the doctor’s oath to ‘do no harm’ holds a bitter irony, as all operations on the brain carry grave risks. This book is about the agonising human dilemmas behind every operation – for the patient, their families and for the surgeon, and the universal need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions. Henry Marsh was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley’s/St George's in 1987, where he still works full time. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is married to the bestselling anthropologist Kate Fox.

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Non-Fiction/Ideas • March 2014