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Bar Bar Book Club: Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery ...


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

In Do No Harm, Marsh is very honest about the god-like power he has!

In Do No Harm, Marsh is very honest about the god-like power he has!

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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.

Until next time ...



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About Georgia Tillery-Randak ...


Georgia grew up in Milton Keynes interested in drama and performance from a young age. She left MK to attend LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) where she studied Community Drama.

During her time in Liverpool, she absorbed the Arts and Culture scene of the city and feel in love with vibrancy and diversity of the arts there. She also studied at ITI (International Theatre Institute) in Singapore where she observed and researched mime and physical theatre as part of a placement.

On returning to Milton Keynes after graduating, along with Danny, they set up Black Sheep Collective CIC in order to fill the gap in the arts scene of Milton Keynes.

Since setting up the organisation, Georgia has written and directed several fringe theatre shows including 'Where's Alice?' and 'Who's Alice?' a twisted adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and most recently 'The Cagebirds' by David Campton. She has established her own style of work nurturing and guiding young talent. She manages and facilitates the Black Sheep creative learning and community outreach program both in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Georgia is always striving to push the boundaries with her work, allowing opportunities for an audience to question and challenge their beliefs also with an alternative dark twist.


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