Title: Do No Harm – Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery.
Author: Henry Marsh
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, Orion Books.
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear 3rd Year Adult Student Nurse
What was it like?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a brain surgeon? Well this book is an eye opening, jaw dropping read through the trials and tribulations of the author Henry Marsh’s career as a brain surgeon. Henry talks about what it feels like to hold the life of somebody in your hands, performing lifesaving operations on patients who are willing the surgeon to save them.
I found this book, as soon as I stared reading it, gripping me. Each chapter is titled with the name of a brain tumour, and looks at a particular patient and how they found the challenges of his talents stretched to their limits.
What were the highlights?
The highlights of this book are many. It brought me to tears to think of how lonely the life of a brain surgeon can be, while I also laughed loudly when he talks about some of the crazy moments during his career.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Do No Harm is a fantastic read, though full at times of medical jargon, which somebody who does not work within healthcare may struggle with. This aside it is an amazing book, and one I can thoroughly recommended, and have done to many people already!
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to any one working in healthcare. It gives a candid view of the compassion and care that Henry Marsh exudes within this book. Students, nurses doctors, pick this book up and enjoy the ride!