Friday, October 30, 2015

Do No Harm

I just finished reading "Do No Harm,  Stories of Life, Death and Neurosurgery " by Henry Marsh. Autobiographical and enthralling. I read it in 2 days which used to be trivial but if you know me now, that's a testament to how good the book is.

As well as having very interesting subject matter, being candid, crotchety and compassionate in equal measure, it's well written, to add to the book's appeal.

If you're at all interested in the brain, neurosurgery or death, I don't think I can recommend this enough. Happily, I got this from my local library, and I expect you can too.

Several times he talks about "catastrophic strokes" and "wrecking" people in surgery, and I couldn't help but face the reality that I am profoundly disabled now, and quite likely to stay that way. It doesn't change my perspective, but it is quite stark.