Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery / Henry Marsh.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Picador edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets, and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon's life. If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practiced by calm and detached surgeons, this ... brutally honest account will make you think again"--Amazon.com.
    • Content Notes:
      Pineocytoma -- Aneurysm -- Haemangioblastoma -- Melodrama -- Tic douloureux -- Angor animi -- Meningioma -- Choroid plexus papilloma -- Leucotomy -- Trauma -- Ependymoma -- Glioblastoma -- Infarct -- Neurotmesis -- Medulloblastoma -- Pituitary adenoma -- Empyema -- Carcinoma -- Akinetic mutism -- Hubris -- Photopsia -- Astrocytoma -- Tyrosine kinase -- Oligodendroglioma -- Anaesthesia dolorosa.
    • ISBN:
      9781250090133
      125009013X
    • Accession Number:
      ocn918994855
      918994855
    • Accession Number:
      fay.506541
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MARSH, H. Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery. First Picador edition. [s. l.]: Picador, 2016. ISBN 9781250090133. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541. Acesso em: 22 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Marsh H. Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. First Picador edition. Picador; 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541. Accessed February 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Marsh, H. (2016). Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery (First Picador edition.). Picador.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Marsh, Henry. 2016. Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. First Picador edition. Picador. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541.
    • Harvard:
      Marsh, H. (2016) Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery. First Picador edition. Picador. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541 (Accessed: 22 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Marsh, H 2016, Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery, First Picador edition., Picador, viewed 22 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. First Picador edition., Picador, 2016. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm : Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. First Picador edition. Picador, 2016. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Marsh H. Do no harm : stories of life, death, and brain surgery [Internet]. First Picador edition. Picador; 2016 [cited 2020 Feb 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.506541

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 April #1

*Starred Review* Brain surgery is risky business, even with modern technology—paralysis, stroke, and bleeding are devastating complications. Little wonder that the first chapter in this amazing account of an English neurosurgeon's three-decade career begins, "I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing." He works on cerebral aneurysms, head trauma, brain hemorrhage, ruptured discs of the spine, and loads of brain tumors. His instruments are crude (bone drill, wire saw, small scalpel) and sophisticated (operating microscope, Computer Navigation GPS for the brain). Marsh reflects on professional detachment, uncertainty, intense anxiety, shame, and fallibility. Breaking bad news to patients and witnessing so much misery is draining. Sometimes the most important decision he makes is to do nothing: not to operate. He recounts successful cases (an operation on a young pregnant woman who was going blind due to a meningioma) and failures (surgeries gone very badly). He writes about the necessity of kindness and honesty from doctors and the difficult balance between hope and reality. Marsh remains fascinated by the brain: how "mere brute matter can give rise to consciousness" and "the electrochemical chatter of one hundred billion nerve cells." One of the best books ever about a life in medicine, Do No Harm boldly and gracefully exposes the vulnerability and painful privilege of being a physician. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2015 March #2

In this memoir of a long career, English neurosurgeon Marsh reveals both a "weary and knowing skepticism" and a striking determination to help the desperately ill despite the uncertainties. "The operating is the easy part, you know," he writes of one neurosurgeon's advice to him; "the difficulties are all to do with the decision-making." Marsh's remarkable, unblinking honesty shines through in each of the starkly different cases he describes, including a little boy with a progressive cancer whose family came to believe he could "go on being treated forever"; the death "without regret" of his own mother from metastasized breast cancer; and the devastating outcome of a difficult operation on an 11-year-old Ukrainian girl with a large but benign brain tumor that was slowly killing her. Surprisingly humble and introspective, Marsh can be hard on himself: "It's not the successes I remember, or so I like to think, but the failures." The stubborn bureaucracy of Britain's healthcare system merits its own harsh meditation, though Marsh tempers his deep distrust of the system with compassion. This thoughtful doctor provides a highly personal and fascinating look inside the elite world of neurosurgery, appraising both its amazing successes as well as its sobering failures. Agent: Julian Alexander, Lucas Alexander Whitley Ltd. (U.K.). (June)

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