Do No Harm

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

Non-Fiction, Health & Lifestyle
Paperback Published on: 09/10/2014
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Do No Harm
An astonishing memoir of life and death
Henry Marsh will already be known to many thanks to the extraordinary documentaries, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon; however reading this... READ MORE
Susanne Ard, Non-Fiction Buyer


What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong? Do No Harm offers an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. With astonishing candour and compassion, Henry Marsh reveals the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all the need for hope when faced with life's most agonising decisions. Read the follow-up to Do No Harm, Admissions, which follows Marsh through the final months of his career before retirement, looking back over his life in medicine and the changing world of surger and the NHS.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781780225920
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 131 x 199 x 22 mm

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Do No Harm
Neurosurgeons are human too
The powerful message delivered by Marsh in this compelling book is that doctors do not possess miraculous powers or abilities- they are like the rest of us... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Do No Harm
Good book
He tells it as it is, each day as it comes brings a new (sometimes eventful) challenge. Written from a diary but made into a story with all areas "joined u... READ MORE
Chris Lamb
Do No Harm
Wonderful Book
Do No Harm is a wonderfully written book. It's written by a surgeon who is full of warm and compassion for those he treats, by a man who writes with such c... READ MORE
Karen Ogg
Do No Harm
An eye opener
This is a very different kind of book - part autobiography, part layman's guide to the brain. Over all of this floats a discussion of the fragility of life... READ MORE
Sophia Thomas
Do No Harm
Totally blew me away
The book was gripping right from the start and i finished it in only a couple of days. Marsh's detail of surgery was graphic at times and i struggled with ... READ MORE
Do No Harm
do no harm
This is a must read book - excellent!
henry tindell
Do No Harm
excellent book
This book gives a fascinating insight into the realities of life in the frontline of medicine. Henry Marsh pulls no punches and speaks frankly, from a life... READ MORE
Pam Peers
Do No Harm
Humbling, magical, terrifying, haunting
I loved this. Humbling, magical, terrifying, beautifully written. We share the wonder of what our brains do for us, the fragility of the structures they de... READ MORE
Roz Morris
Do No Harm
Fascinating insight into the life of a brain surgeon
I really enjoyed this book. You may have to be interested in medical matters, or at least addicted to Casualty, but I found the descriptions of what it fee... READ MORE
L Brown
Do No Harm
A really interesting read
Can't put a good book down