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

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Macmillan, 26.05.2015 - 277 Seiten

The Instant New York Times best seller!

Riveting. ... [Marsh] gives us an extraordinarily intimate, compassionate and sometimes frightening understanding of his vocation. - The New York Times

Winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize
Shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Prize and the Costa Book Award
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
A Finalist for the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize
A Finalist for the Wellcome Book Prize
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling, and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?

In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to "do no harm" holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh must make agonizing decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty.

If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practiced by calm and detached doctors, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candor, 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.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.

 

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I think I would like Dr. Marsh if I met him. He is honest and tries to do his best for his patients. I found his discussion educational and interesting. His book also provides information on the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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This seems like a very honest book. While acknowledging the power and thus arrogance that comes with successfully working at the edge of his patient's life and consciousness, he is aware of the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Pineocytoma
1
Aneurysm
12
Haemangioblastoma
35
Melodrama
48
Tic douloureux
62
Angor animi
74
Meningioma
86
Choroid plexus papilloma
107
Medulloblastoma
176
Pituitary adenoma
181
Empyema
186
Carcinoma
192
Akinetic mutism
200
Hubris
207
Photopsia
215
Astrocytoma
231

Leucotomy
111
Trauma
121
Ependymoma
133
Glioblastoma
144
Infarct
154
Neurotmesis
165
Tyrosine kinase
241
Oligodendroglioma
250
Anaesthesia dolorosa
259
Acknowledgements
277
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Über den Autor (2015)

HENRY MARSH studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London in 1987. He has been the subject of two documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, which won an Emmy, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Do No Harm and NBCC finalist Admissions. He was made a CBE in 2010.

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