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Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery    by Henry Marsh order for
Do No Harm
by Henry Marsh
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Picador, 2016 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The subtitle of Do No Harm by Henry Marsh is 'Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery'. Henry Marsh lives in London and has spent his working life as a brain surgeon. He has also worked in the Ukraine, training doctors there as well as performing surgery. Marsh has saved many lives. To his great regret, he has lost many also.

The brain is in charge of every little movement in our bodies but problems in the brain can cause many different diagnoses and many different approaches to surgery. Mr. Marsh (in Great Britain, surgeons are known as Mr.) discusses many of his cases in his fascinating book. While patients often return to a normal life, some cannot be cured. And then there are the mistakes that can be and are made. Mr. Marsh reveals that he is not infallible he has made mistakes as have many other surgeons. We all learn from our mistakes and so does Mr. Marsh.

Do No Harm is a wonderful book, giving readers a window into the brain with a knowledgeable guide to its workings. Though this is not my usual choice of reading material, I am so glad I read this book. It helped me to understand that the loved ones in my life that I have lost due to brain tumors were well cared for and that everything that could have been done was. Thank you, Mr. Marsh, for your dedication.

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