Do No Harm

  • by Henry Marsh
  • Narrated by Jim Barclay
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?
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.


Audible Editor Reviews

The incredible life of a brain surgeon in the NHS and the heart-breaking stories of his patients are described in the honest and revealing unabridged audiobook Do No Harm, written by brain surgeon Henry Marsh and narrated by Jim Barclay. Take a fascinating look into the neurosurgical operating room and gain a deep sense of the weight of responsibility the performing surgeon must bear forever. Told with the deepest compassion and loyalty to the lives of others, Marsh writes with eloquence about the profound significance of an organ that makes us who we are as individuals. Available now from Audible.


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Customer Reviews

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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

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- surgeon david

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.
Roger Brown
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- vectisdodge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-05-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio