Do No Harm

By Henry Marsh

Medicine, Surgery, Neuroscience


Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Shortlist 2015

An astonishingly candid insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon – his triumphs and disasters.

In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, Henry Marsh must make agonising decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty.

If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practised by calm and detached surgeons, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candour, one of the country's leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon's life.


Do No Harm by Henry Marsh | Wellcome Book Prize 2015 Shortlist

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