Bar Bar Book Club: Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

During May/June, Bar Bar Book Club read 'Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery', by the neurosurgeon, Henry Marsh ...

Good Reads described the book as an 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.' Which we totally agreed with when we discussed the book.

The book became a scary reality check shedding a light on the reality of the work of Neurosurgery. Most of the book club members were not aware or had known anyone affected by a brain injury or disease, which opened some quite interesting discussions about the book.

Some members were left intrigued some left nervous and scared about their numerous headaches and whether they should get them checked out!

In the book, Marsh is very honest about the god-like power he has. He is also comfortable to admit his mistakes and share moments where his decisions have had a negative consequence. There was a mixed opinion in the likability of Marsh as he had a very pragmatic way of looking at things. I guess that's what is needed when you have such a high-pressure job and have the power of life and death over your patients.

We discussed how on trend this style of memoir is, in the charts we see many titles that share the truth about professional establishments shaming some of the mistakes and choices of individuals. These include This is going to hurt by Adam Kay and Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret Barrister.

I think that it is refreshing to read about how people with power and responsibility are still just human and can make mistakes. In a society where we strive for perfection, it shows how life is precious and does not always follow a pathway we intend it to.


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