14.11.2014 - Henry Marsh

What does it feel like to drill into the delicate matter that originates all our thinking and feeling? What is it like to hold such power over someone’s life? Henry Marsh, one of Britain’s most outstanding neurosurgeons, shows us what it means to play God. He allows us a peek into the intensely dramatic proceedings of the operating room, the complexity of the brain and the bluntness of the surgeon’s knife in comparison.
Do No Harm – the title refers to part of the Hippocratic Oath – ventures into the painful dilemmas encountered during every operation, for the patient, the family and the surgeons. Do No Harm is a personal account of a journey into the fallibility of doctors, the limits of medicine and the universal need for hope when confronted with the hardest decisions in life.
Interviewer Bert Keizer is doctor, philosopher and writer of several books and columns in medical and current affair magazines. He is also an avid stand-up philosopher. As a doctor he is no stranger to taking hard decisions himself so he relates to Henry Marsh in a special way.
QUOTES

“Marsh has written a book about a love affair, and one cannot help feeling similarly smitten … ‘Elegant, delicate, dangerous and full of profound meaning’. All four of those epithets might describe this book.” — THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Do No Harm is an elegant series of meditations at the closing of a long career. Many of the stories are moving enough to raise tears … At heart, this is a book about wisdom and experience.” — THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
“Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh… sets a new standard for telling it like it is… His love for brain surgery and his patients shines through, but the specialty – shrouded in secrecy and mystique when he entered it – has now firmly had the rug pulled out from under it. We should thank Henry Marsh for that. We need his wisdom as a “roof” for future surgeons and a rein for public expectations. A good death, without surgery, is a very good outcome” — THE TIMES