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Admissions Audiobook

Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

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Publisher's Summary

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical front line. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what 40 years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the overwhelming 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 consequences of your decisions alter the lives not just of patients but also of those around them. The overpowering human urge to prolong life can often come at a great cost to those who are living it and to those who love them.

In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the best-selling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

Written and narrated by Dr. Henry Marsh.

©2017 Henry Marsh (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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    Gareth West Crosbie 16/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "inspiring."

    A beautiful and honestly written book. I'm so glad I listened to this, it is deep and thought provoking.

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    Samantha Pearce 15/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    I think Henry Marsh's first memoir is better, this is a bit scattergun. I would though living in the U.K. and NOT a fan of the NHS wished for a greater discussion of how a Surgeon's training & practice has changed during his lifetime as he is clearly seen much he dislikes.

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    Vicuña UK 13/08/2017
    Vicuña UK 13/08/2017
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    "Very opinionated and often arrogant"
    What made the experience of listening to Admissions the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the author.


    What other book might you compare Admissions to, and why?

    His first book.


    Have you listened to any of Henry Marsh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Much the same, but I liked him less as a person after hearing this. Must be difficult to live with and work with, despite his varied talents, which I greatly admire.


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    S D BALL 04/08/2017
    S D BALL 04/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Another excellent book by Henry Marsh."

    Honest, at times almost brutal, yet compelling. It helps that such a book is read by the author.
    Well worth a listen.

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    Amazon Customer 11/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Great book with meaningful start and end. Waivers a little in the middle in terms of meaning but is interesting nonetheless!

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    "Outstanding"

    Another outstanding book from Henry Marsh. Very much enhanced by Henry reading it himself. Moving, engaging, self-effacing, insightful.

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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    Sparding 24/05/2017
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    "Excellent follow up to Do No Harm"

    Excellent follow up to Do no Harm, this time read by the author himself. Life and death met as they are.

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    Amazon Customer 22/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Mostly harmless..."

    Do No Harm was a fabulous insight into the mental process and stresses of a working brain surgeon. This follow up feels more like a collection of random out takes. Occasionally interesting, but nowhere near as compelling as its predecessor.

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    "Fantastic book, well read, honest insightful"

    Fantastic book, well read, honest, and insightful account of his career and how it impacted on his personal life. Would absolutely recommend.

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