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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delivers plenty of hospital drama. Yet what sticks with you are the moments when the lens flips and…you’re gaining insight into life itself.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Riveting…[Marsh] gives us an extraordinarily intimate, compassionate, and sometimes frightening understanding of his vocation.”

    New York Times

  • “His love for brain surgery and his patients shines through, but the specialty—shrouded in secrecy and mystique when he entered it—has now firmly had the rug pulled out from under it. We should thank Henry Marsh for that.”

    Times (London)

  • “A surprising page-turner…[a] fascinating blend of derring-do and humble pie…Marsh’s prose is elegant and seasoned, with no false bravado…Marsh’s gift for words helps him share his sense of wonder with his readers.”

    Seattle Times

  • “One of the best books ever about a life in medicine, Do No Harm boldly and gracefully exposes the vulnerability and painful privilege of being a physician.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Marsh reveals both a ‘weary and knowing skepticism’ and a striking determination to help the desperately ill despite the uncertainties…This thoughtful doctor provides a highly personal and fascinating look inside the elite world of neurosurgery, appraising both its amazing successes as well as its sobering failures.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Jim Barclay’s authoritative British-accented narration is befitting for the purveyor of delicate and exacting medical procedures.”

    AudioFile

  • Longlisted for the 2016 Carnegie Medal for Literaturefor Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award
  • Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize
  • Finalist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize
  • A 2015 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • An Economist Best Book of 2015
  • Finalist for the Duff Cooper Prize
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
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About the Narrator

Jim Barley has worked as an actor, stand-up comedian, and theater performer for over forty years. He starred in the title role of the 1980s BBC comedy-drama Jossy’s Giant and continues to work in comedy at the Comedy Store, the Edinburgh festival, and other venues.