LECTURE Do No Harm
January 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Henry Marsh, neurosurgeon and author
John Hines Memorial Lecture
What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong?
Henry Marsh, a leading English neurosurgeon, published a widely-acclaimed memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery in 2014. ‘A testimony of wonder’, ‘a deeply compassionate account of professional life spent on the edge’, ‘a searingly frank book’, ‘a book about wisdom and experience’ – it became a best seller and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction and the Guardian First Book Award. He published a further memoir Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery in 2017. This is in many ways more revealing and personal, with a deeper examination of death and an angrier exposition of the betrayal of the NHS by successive generations of politicians.
Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley’s/St George’s Hospital in London in 1987. Although retired from full-time work in the NHS, he continues to work in various countries, including Ukraine, Nepal and Albania. He has lectured widely on the subject of hospital architecture and design: he has a particular interest in the influence of hospital buildings and design on patient outcomes and staff morale.
He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your Life in their Hands (2003) which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon (2009), featuring his work in Ukraine, which won an Emmy. He was made a CBE in 2010.
- January 15, 2019
- 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm