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Admissions Life as a Brain Surgeon The National Book Critics Circle NBCC Finalist International Bestseller and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of Marsh has retired which means he s taking a thorough inventory of his life His

  • Title: Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon
  • Author: Henry Marsh
  • ISBN: 9781474603867
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 2017 National Book Critics Circle NBCC Finalist, International Bestseller, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 Marsh has retired, which means he s taking a thorough inventory of his life His reflections and recollections make Admissions and even introspective memoir than his first, if such a thing is possible The New York Times Consistently entertainiThe 2017 National Book Critics Circle NBCC Finalist, International Bestseller, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 Marsh has retired, which means he s taking a thorough inventory of his life His reflections and recollections make Admissions and even introspective memoir than his first, if such a thing is possible The New York Times Consistently entertainingHonesty is abundantly apparent here a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists The Guardian Disarmingly frank storytellinghis reflections on death and dying equal those in Atul Gawande s excellent Being Mortal The EconomistHenry 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 Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal In Admissions he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished countries and the further insights it has given him into the practice of medicine Marsh also 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 patients and those who love them Reflecting on what forty years of handling the human brain has taught him, Marsh finds a different purpose in life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

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    1. Caroline on said:

      I love autobiographies. Sometimes one identifies strongly with the writer, and the reading process feels quite seamless. Then there are other writers whose experiences of life and the world are very different to yours. This makes for a bumpy ride, with little identification, but these books are often the most fascinating. For me this autobiography fits the latter mould.Marsh starts the book by telling us that above everything, he values his suicide kit, which he plans to use if he gets dementia, [...]

    2. Rebecca Foster on said:

      Brain surgeon Henry Marsh’s first book, Do No Harm, was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Admissions serves as a sort of sequel, recording Marsh’s last few weeks at his London hospital and the projects that have driven him during his first years of retirement: woodworking, renovating a derelict lock-keeper’s cottage by the canal in Oxford, and yet more neurosurgery on medical missions to Nepal and the Ukraine. But he also ranges widely over his past, recalling cases from his early years in [...]

    3. Bettie☯ on said:

      bbc/programmes/b08q3xnvDescription: Nearing the end of his career, neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a life in surgery.Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St.George's in 1987, he retired from there in 2015 and has since continued to operate in Ukraine and Nepa [...]

    4. Canadian Reader on said:

      It's been some time since I read Henry Marsh's wonderful and compelling memoir of his life in neurosurgery, Do No Harm. I had hoped to re-read it prior to starting his new one, Admissions, but I didn't manage it. I'd ordered the book from Britain-- as it won't appear in Canada until the fall of 2017, and I didn't want to wait. I started it almost immediately. Given the passage of time, I do not know if my recollections of the first book are to be fully trusted, but this new book feels very diffe [...]

    5. Inna on said:

      Нашій медицині не вистачає генрі маршів.Нашій політиці.Нашій сфері послуг.Сфері продажів.БлагодійностіВійськовій сфері.І просто нам.Нам не вистачає Генрі Марша в нас. Адже,як зазначено в післямові, правда – релігія Генрі Марша. А вміння визнавати власні помилки – одна з н [...]

    6. Jeanette on said:

      Another book by Henry Marsh that puts you into the life and death brain surgeries that he performs. This one is near the ending of his NHS employment and he posits upon retirement and his future "workshop" rehab project. This is the book that gives us his regrets, his "admissions" to fault. Not just to his unsuccessful brain tumor surgery outcomes, but to his lacks or his inabilities to connect when he feels he should have been able to do so. This book is about self-appraisal and his is brutal a [...]

    7. Stewart Tame on said:

      I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway. It's apparently due to be published in October of 2017. A bookmark that came with it urges me to include #stmartinspress in my review, so consider it done.Yet another book where the title sums it up more succinctly than I ever could. Henry Marsh is indeed a brain surgeon (presumably retired by now), and this is actually his second volume of memoirs (Do No Harm was the first. ) The book was fascinating. Marsh writes well, with great candor, and an eye for [...]

    8. Michelle on said:

      Marsh's 'Do No Harm' is one of the most compelling books I've ever read, and gave me pause at many points. This one did too, but for different reasons. In this book we find Marsh contemplating retirement, and reflecting on what went right, and what went (often catastrophically) wrong with his career, his profession, and his life in general. It is a sad, poignant, and often very pessimistic memoir, as Marsh reflects on letting go not just of his 'calling', but of life too. His thoughts on mortali [...]

    9. Monica Willyard on said:

      This book presents an interesting look into the life and mindset of a brain surgeon. He was trained and worked in the United Kingdom but also did volunteer work in several Third World countries. He describes and contrasts doing medicine in those very different environments.

    10. Lindsay Seddon on said:

      Should definitely be read as more of a biography than as a continuation of his first book, Do No Harm. I found the stories of various operations both in the UK and Ukraine really interesting, but found myself skipping over life in Nepal and the renovations to the house he decided to make-over.

    11. Karan on said:

      Two and a half years back, I remember being left a little bewildered by the celebrated first book by ace surgeon Marsh which came packaged as a slice of life memoir-of-sorts which, to my consternation back then, alternated unannounced between his frustration with the current management styles in NHS hospitals, some scenes from difficult neurosurgical cases that took you right into the heart of his surgical practice and his brief, thwarted attempt to set up a neurosurgical mentorship and practice [...]

    12. Marysya on said:

      Я захоплююсь Генрі Маршем! Абсолютно щира, до болю чесна, але в той же час тепла, світла і неймовірно людяна книга надзвичайного Лікаря.

    13. Mje102 on said:

      In this book, the author recounts his experiences in working - and then retiring - as a neurosurgeon from the National Health Service, then working in Nepal and in the Ukraine, helping to train neurosurgeons. Marsh is an extraordinary writer - richly describing the practice of neurosurgery in both the modern world and in the third world, the patients, the dilemmas and difficulties he faces, his mistakes and misjudgments (Admissions?) along the way. He grapples with mortality, death with and with [...]

    14. Sergei Ter-Tumasov on said:

      Если бы не читал первую книгу мемуаров Генри Марша, то эта мне бы понравилась!В который раз убеждаюсь, что не стоит читать книги одного автора друг за другом (только если это, конечно, не серия книг), потому что его стиль и жизненная философия (особенно если она не совпадает с [...]

    15. Kris Springer on said:

      Memoir might be my favorite kind of book, and I especially enjoy memoirs in which the author lives a life very different from my own, so that I can vicariously be a chef, or in this case, a British brain surgeon, operating in London, the Ukraine and Nepal. I also love to accompany the author on his flight of thought, skimming the present, the past, and the future, and reflecting on how the pieces of his life fit together.

    16. Jo on said:

      The second part of Marsh's memoirs about life as a neurosurgeon. Here he talks about the end of his career and life after retirement. He discusses his work helping the people of Nepal and Ukraine as well as some of the cases he dealt with in the UK. Marsh has led an interesting life and this book gives us an insight into that.

    17. Michelle Davaadorj on said:

      Насаараа мэдрэлийн мэс засалч хийсэн хүний намтар байлаа. Тэтгэвэрт гарахдаа хэрхэн үнэхээр өөрийх нь амьдралаа зориулсан зүйл нь үнэ цэнэтэй байсан эсэхэд эргэлзэнэ. Английн эрүүл мэндийн тогтолцоогоо ч айхтар шүүмжилнэ. Непалд очиж ажиллахдаа бас өөрийнхөө дотор луу ө [...]

    18. Anastasia Moroz on said:

      «Ми не хочемо втрачати те, що маємо, навіть якщо нам пропонують на обмін щось справді цінне. Круглі камінчики в кишенях божевільних ставали ціннішими за всі камінчики лікарняного саду тільки через те, що вони вже комусь належали.»Ох, яка ж крутезна книжка! Читала до ранку, т [...]

    19. Essam Munir on said:

      This book is in no comparison to Do No Harm. I really admire Dr. Marsh but this book seems like a bunch of scattered ideas that you can't but feel bored (for most of the time).I anticipated a lot of 'medical scenarios' but there were few and the remainder is an autobiography.

    20. Julie Haigh on said:

      Wow! A FASCINATING memoir.This was definitely my kind of book-I love medical memoirs. It was engaging and fascinating from the outset. Enormously interesting. Honest, revealing, often eye-opening. As well as the author’s work in the UK, it also tells of his teaching and operating in Nepal, The Ukraine, a masterclass/workshop in the US etc. A fantastic book for me and written in such a way that it is very easy to understand for the non-medical reader.The book has a wonderful conversational styl [...]

    21. Wendy Greenberg on said:

      I enjoyed reading this rather meandering memoir. Less patients than his previous book and more personal insights & recollections. However, I found the chopping and changing of focus quite irritating. I could see the reasons for constructing the book this way but instead of providing an insight into the layers of experience that makeup a neurosurgeon it read (for me) as a rather self-satisfied thumb biting at those who had tried to "contain" him.Found the healthcare systems Marsh describes in [...]

    22. Shirley Revill on said:

      Henry MarshWhat a wonderful book.I really enjoyed reading Admissions. A life in brain surgery by Henry Marsh.Really interesting to read about his life working in London,Nepal and the Ukraine easing the pain and suffering of so many.I felt very humbled by the memoirs of this man.This book is certainly going on my to read again another day book shelf.Thank you Good reads for the opportunity to read and review this book.Very highly recommended.

    23. Hilary Hicklin on said:

      Interesting reflections of a neurosurgeon on his life in medicine, his thoughts on retirement, death and euthanasia. The sections on his time spent in Nepal and Ukraine are fascinating.

    24. Jackie Law on said:

      Admissions, by Henry Marsh, is a searingly honest memoir by the retired brain surgeon who brought us Do No Harm (I have yet to read this earlier book). It is a somewhat regretful looking back on cases the author has worked on, mistakes made, and the balance neurosurgeons must acquire between confidence in their abilities and concern for the patients whose lives can be so drastically altered by their interventions.Marsh resigned from his position as a senior consultant at a large London hospital [...]

    25. Mary Arkless on said:

      I had seen a review of this book, and thought it sounded interesting. It is a second autobiography/memoir by a eminent British neurosurgeon. As his first book was a bestseller and won awards, this one is also popular. I decided to request it from my local library. There is quite a waiting list for it, so when I came to be my turn, I could borrow it for just two weeks. It is due back today, so I had to set aside another book I was close to completing to get this one back to the library in time.Mr [...]

    26. Megan Jones on said:

      Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline, experiencing the extreme highs and lows that come with it. Now prompted by his retirement from full-time work in the NHS, and his work in Nepal and Ukraine, Marsh has reflected on what forty years handling the human brain has taught him. Marsh recounts moving encounters from patients in London and those he treats in extreme circumstances abroad. This book has everything I was expecting and more. Marsh has a great mix of recen [...]

    27. N. Moss on said:

      This is a book in the genre I refer to as Medical Humanities, and as such, it's deeply satisfying. To see behind the veil of brain surgery into the often uncertain heart and mind of the brain surgeon himself is to feel profound relief. He is just a human being. He worries like we all worry, and thank God, he is full of regrets, just like a mere mortal. Marsh thinks about death, his own, his patients', with the kind of perspective that I long to hear. He brings to bear his understanding of medici [...]

    28. Amara on said:

      Wanna know the trouble in the healthcare system no matter what country you live in? Wanna know why healthcare is so difficult? The bureaucracy. The author's disdain radiates off the page. He just wanted to heal people, and maybe indulge the narcissism that all good surgeons suffer from. I'm not sure if he intended for the first quarter of the book to do that, but it did for me. Or maybe that's just my political anger in America showing itself in everything I come across. Also plausible.The autho [...]

    29. Margarita on said:

      For one reason or another, I’ve been preoccupied lately with thoughts of ageing, retirement, death and what “It” all means. Marsh’s autobiography addresses all of these heavier topics in a style that is fluid, engaging, easy to understand and not at all depressing. “Admissions” is an appropriate title for this book since Marsh’s writing is self-reflective and insightful, not only as it relates to his career as a neurosurgeon, but also as it pertains to his personal successes and fa [...]

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