The brains of the operation tells the story of his career

Do No HarmStories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. By Henry Marsh. W&N, €21.40. Reviewed by Brendan Daly.

11th May, 2014
Henry Marsh: humanises the complexity of neurosurgery. Picture: Simon Clarke

Henry Marsh hates hospitals. He hates their design, the suffering they enclose, and the indignities faced by public patients. He hates how hospitals are dominated by health and safety legislation, their overwhelming dependence on technology, and the automated voice insisting that you wash your hands. He has a volcanic temper. When provoked, he swears wildly at colleagues and flings his tools to the floor.

Marsh is also one of Britain's leading neurosurgeons, nearing the end...

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