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Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery - Henry Marsh

Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery - Henry Marsh

Title: Admissions

Author:  Henry Marsh

ISBN:  9781474603867

Weight:  653g

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Admissions by Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline.  There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered.  Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering.  Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for both patients and for those who love them.

In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career, and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

A provocative and heartfelt new book written and narrated by the brain surgeon and bestselling author of Do No Harm.

Peer & Press Reviews

Sensational…  Marsh is curmudgeonly, unflinching, clinical, competitive, often contemptuous and consistently curious.  In Admissions he scrubs up just as well the second time around and continues to revel in his joyous candour.

Sunday Times

Epigramatically balanced and almost brutally candid…  Admissions offers a reprise of many of [Do No Harm’s] virtues, from the elegance of the writing to the undiminished sense of wonder at the complexity of the brain.

Tom Sutcliffe, Mail on Sunday

[Marsh’s] second neurosurgical memoir is transgressive, wry and confessional, sporadically joyful and occasionally doleful.  It is in many ways a more revealing work than his bestseller Do No Harm, and the revelations it offers are a good deal more personal…  It’s elegaic but consistently entertaining.

Gavin Francis, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Admissions
Sub title: A Life in Brain Surgery
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781474603867
ISBN 10: 1474603866
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 270
Size (h x w x d): 224 x 143 x 29mm
Design Credits
Jacket photograph: Kevin Curtis / Science Photo Library / Getty Images

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