Admissions by Henry Marsh


Following the publication of Do No Harm, Dr. Henry Marsh retired from his position at a hospital in London. But his career continued, taking him to remote hospitals in places such as Nepal and Pakistan, where he offers his services as surgeon and teacher to those in need. Now, Marsh considers the challenges of working in those difficult conditions, alongside the challenges of putting a career of fifty years behind you and finding further purpose ...

Details Admissions

Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Medical, Health, Medicine, Biography, Science

Reviews Admissions

  • Caroline
    I love autobiographies. Sometimes one identifies strongly with the writer, and the reading process feels quite seamless. Then there are other writers whose experiences of life and the world are very different to yours. This makes for a bumpy ride, with little identification, but these books are often the most fascinating. For me this autobiography fits the latter mould.Marsh starts the book by telling us that above everything, he values his suici...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Brain surgeon Henry Marsh’s first book, Do No Harm, was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Admissions serves as a sort of sequel, recording Marsh’s last few weeks at his London hospital and the projects that have driven him during his first years of retirement: woodworking, renovating a derelict lock-keeper’s cottage by the canal in Oxford, and yet more neurosurgery on medical missions to Nepal and the Ukraine. But he also ranges widely over...
  • Bettie☯
    1970-01-01 Nearing the end of his career, neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a life in surgery.Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St.George's in 1987, he retired from t...
  • Canadian Reader
    It's been some time since I read Henry Marsh's wonderful and compelling memoir of his life in neurosurgery, Do No Harm. I had hoped to re-read it prior to starting his new one, Admissions, but I didn't manage it. I'd ordered the book from Britain-- as it won't appear in Canada until the fall of 2017, and I didn't want to wait. I started it almost immediately. Given the passage of time, I do not know if my recollections of the first book are to be...
  • Stewart Tame
    I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It's apparently due to be published in October of 2017. A bookmark that came with it urges me to include #stmartinspress in my review, so consider it done.Yet another book where the title sums it up more succinctly than I ever could. Henry Marsh is indeed a brain surgeon (presumably retired by now), and this is actually his second volume of memoirs (Do No Harm was the first. ) The book was fascin...
  • Lindsay Seddon
    Should definitely be read as more of a biography than as a continuation of his first book, Do No Harm. I found the stories of various operations both in the UK and Ukraine really interesting, but found myself skipping over life in Nepal and the renovations to the house he decided to make-over.
  • Karan
    Two and a half years back, I remember being left a little bewildered by the celebrated first book by ace surgeon Marsh which came packaged as a slice of life memoir-of-sorts which, to my consternation back then, alternated unannounced between his frustration with the current management styles in NHS hospitals, some scenes from difficult neurosurgical cases that took you right into the heart of his surgical practice and his brief, thwarted attempt...
  • Jo
    The second part of Marsh's memoirs about life as a neurosurgeon. Here he talks about the end of his career and life after retirement. He discusses his work helping the people of Nepal and Ukraine as well as some of the cases he dealt with in the UK. Marsh has led an interesting life and this book gives us an insight into that.
  • Julie Haigh
    Wow! A FASCINATING memoir.This was definitely my kind of book-I love medical memoirs. It was engaging and fascinating from the outset. Enormously interesting. Honest, revealing, often eye-opening. As well as the author’s work in the UK, it also tells of his teaching and operating in Nepal, The Ukraine, a masterclass/workshop in the US etc. A fantastic book for me and written in such a way that it is very easy to understand for the non-medical r...
  • Shirley Revill
    Henry MarshWhat a wonderful book.I really enjoyed reading Admissions. A life in brain surgery by Henry Marsh.Really interesting to read about his life working in London,Nepal and the Ukraine easing the pain and suffering of so many.I felt very humbled by the memoirs of this man.This book is certainly going on my to read again another day book shelf.Thank you Good reads for the opportunity to read and review this book.Very highly recommended.
  • Hilary Hicklin
    Interesting reflections of a neurosurgeon on his life in medicine, his thoughts on retirement, death and euthanasia. The sections on his time spent in Nepal and Ukraine are fascinating.
  • Mary Arkless
    I had seen a review of this book, and thought it sounded interesting. It is a second autobiography/memoir by a eminent British neurosurgeon. As his first book was a bestseller and won awards, this one is also popular. I decided to request it from my local library. There is quite a waiting list for it, so when I came to be my turn, I could borrow it for just two weeks. It is due back today, so I had to set aside another book I was close to complet...
  • Megan Jones
    Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline, experiencing the extreme highs and lows that come with it. Now prompted by his retirement from full-time work in the NHS, and his work in Nepal and Ukraine, Marsh has reflected on what forty years handling the human brain has taught him. Marsh recounts moving encounters from patients in London and those he treats in extreme circumstances abroad. This book has everything I was ...
  • Wendy Greenberg
    I enjoyed reading this rather meandering memoir. Less patients than his previous book and more personal insights & recollections. However, I found the chopping and changing of focus quite irritating. I could see the reasons for constructing the book this way but instead of providing an insight into the layers of experience that makeup a neurosurgeon it read (for me) as a rather self-satisfied thumb biting at those who had tried to "contain" him.F...
  • Alex Laycock
    have just heard the Omnibus edition of this being read on Radio4.... just like his last book " Do No Harm" it was captivating, honest, touching,intelligent,sensitive poignant,especially the last chapter as he muses over his own ageing and thoughts upon what ultimately we all will experience in whatever form that may come, what a wonderful man,with touching snippets of other wonderful humans that cross his path as he operates
  • A I
    Honest.I enjoyed this honest sometimes brutal account of this neurosurgeon's experiences working in this country and abroad. It was refreshingly un romanticized and explored the current issues faced by healthcare professionals working in an increasingly 'tick box' and percentage driven NHS. It is sad that perhaps it is only towards the end of one's career that one can afford to speak so openly.
  • Mrs Olga A Danes-Volkov
    This is a magnificent book. Beautifully written, very thoughtful, if a mite pessimistic. Being older than the writer, it is sobering to realise that when he thinks himself old, I did not at his age. His descriptions of operations, colleagues, patients are fascinating and his opinions of unnecessary operations salutary. His thoughts on death are so interesting and for this reader at least, comforting. I would recommend this to anyone except the ve...
  • Warwick Cairns
    I really enjoyed Do No Harm. If anything this is even better
  • Thomas Haysom
    An intelligent, reflective memoir written with hard-hitting candor on a life lived in service to humanity. Rooted in very real and often painful experiences Marsh does a hugely admirable service in opening up to the reader the stark and alien world of Neurosurgery where in an 'awake craniotomy' (which Marsh pioneered) a patient can view in real-time, the region of their own brain responsible for creating visual images. This is brutal and depressi...
  • Lesley
    I received Admissions for free through the Goodreads Giveaways program.Henry Marsh is a British brain surgeon, and his long career is winding down. He writes about his training when he was a young doctor, about specific cases, about his time in Nepal and Ukraine, and about his thoughts and feelings on his life's work. Marsh lets us see that brain surgeons- though they are highly prized, skilled, and educated- are human beings like the rest of us....
  • Bonny
    While I enjoyed Marsh's previous memoir, Do No Harm, this one is quite a bit different. I loved Marsh's honesty and the beautiful way he wrote about the brain in Do No Harm, but in Admissions there are fewer patients and less poetry in his prose. It is a perfectly titled book as Marsh admits his anxiousness to retire, worries about whether the drugs in his suicide kit will be outdated, overwhelming desires to renovate a derelict cottage, the sad ...
  • Jessi
    I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway. I do not know exactly what I was expecting from this book, but what I read was not it. That being said, it wasn't a bad book. I feel as if the title is misleading since he spoke a lot about his personal life and told many stories about his work but never any "admissions". Maybe I assumed wrongly that admissions would be more entertaining. He had an interesting career and I enjoyed reading abo...
  • Cathy
    I'd give this a 3.5 stars. I still have Marsh's first book, "Do No Harm," on my to-read list, but I had the opportunity to read this book first, thanks to getting an ARC from NetGalley. I think now I’ll push that one up closer to the top of my read-next list and see what else Marsh has to say about his work over the years. I enjoyed this book, though it did wander a bit, so I imagine the other will be just as interesting or more so, with it pro...
  • Sreeram
    "I do not believe in an afterlife. I am a neurosurgeon. I know that everything I am, everything I think and feel, consciously or unconsciously, is the electrochemical activity of my billions of brain cells, joined together with a near-infinite number of synapses (or however many of them are left as I get older). When my brain dies, ‘I’ will die. ‘I’ am a transient electrochemical dance, made of myriad bits of information; and information,...
  • Biblio Files
    This was a Goodreads Giveaway book. I read Henry Marsh's previous book, Do No Harm, and found it fascinating, about his career as a brain surgeon in Britain. It was unlike some other medical memoirs I've read in that Marsh is especially honest about mistakes and their consequences. In Admisssions (an excellent title with its double meaning), Marsh is even more forthcoming about his doubts and mistakes and his fears for the future. In fact, I foun...
  • Patricia
    At first I did not know what to think of this book but the more I read, the more I did not want to put it down. It opened my eyes to so many things and places. Living in the United States we do not have socialized medicine and the author, who is an English surgeon discusses the pros and cons of both systems. Also he recounts his stories of working in different countries which is an eye opener as well.Some parts when he details the brain surgeries...
  • Jo Highton
    I found this as gripping as Do No Harm. This second book is posssibly more even more reflective and questioning about the ethics of medicine. The setting extends now to Nepal, as well as London and Ukraine. As retirement beckons, the author looks back across his career, his childhood, describes in interesting detail something of his parents lives and characters. He also frequently looks ahead to the unknown future, buying a rundown Oxfordshire ca...
  • Jude
    This is the second book written by Henry Marsh t I have read this year, and like the first book I found it equally gripping and disturbing to read.Marsh's memories of operations in Nepal, Britain and the Ukraine are recounted with brutal, almost scalding, honesty; he appears as eager to lay out his own flaws to our scrutiny as the shortcomings of the NHS system he resigned from in a rage, or the corruption of the Russian medical system. The compl...
  • Юлія Корицька-Голуб
    "Ні сонце, ані смерть" спонукає сповільнитись і заглибитись. Порівняно з першою книжкою, тут більше непевності - щодо вміння наповнити час після завершення практики, стосунків з близькими, які вже відійшли, складністю вибору між гідною смертю і бе...