In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.
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By David on 15-07-14
A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs
Where does Do No Harm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have enjoyed this book the most of any I have listened to in the past year.
What did you like best about this story?
The insights into the stresses and strains of being a surgeon.
The authors honesty.
The brilliant description of our present nhs.
Have you listened to any of Jim Barclay’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the first one I have heard and it was excellent.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I listened to this audio book with huge pleasure. It details the stories of a series of patients with neurosurgical problems who have been treated by Mr Marsh. With great humility and compassion he details the stories of those patients who have done well and those who have not done so well. He interweaves this with the story of his own life as a neurosurgeon. I am an abdominal surgeon myself and have never read an account which so accurately catches the highs and lows of surgical life; the dread of complications and the continuing sense of guilt and failure when patients do badly. The author also brilliantly captures the way medicine is practiced in NHS hospitals with poor computer systems, insensitive hospital management and lack of continuity of care from inexperienced juniors. This book might be rather disturbing reading for patients just about to undergo surgery in the NHS, but if you want to know what it is like to be a neurosurgeon, you couldn't do better and some of the NHS incidents had me roaring with laughter
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
By vectisdodge on 23-04-15
neurosurgeons, problems and protocol
This is an excellent read (listen). Clearly narrated and wonderfully expressed.
Marsh's description of surgery is amazing and puts you right there in the operating theatre. His description of the protocols he has to deal with are enlightening. This book shows the difficulties faced when having to make life or death decisions and also having to communicate with families. A great book which I will listen to again and again.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Leo Saumure on 29-06-16
Pompous but none the less informative.
I can't say that I loved this book, but I did learn a few things.
By Gis on 17-04-16
Interesting and revealing
Some chapters are better than others, especially the first ones if compared to the last ones... But nonetheless, very good!