Do No Harm - Henry Marsh

Do No Harm

By Henry Marsh

  • Release Date: 2015-05-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 190 Ratings


A New York Times Bestseller
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

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.


  • Very good book

    By Lance Butler
    Interesting to see the differences between healthcare in England vs the U.S. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • Great Read!

    By Mtn from Boston
    Makes you think twice about single payer.
  • Outstanding

    By Ash31674
    A compelling and highly insightful look into the mind of a top brain surgeon. Well structured text and very well written. Bravo again!
  • Do no harm

    By Paris4675
    Loved the book. His honestly and sincerity come through. As a doctor myself I share his frustration and the joy of treating patients. Bravo!!!