Admissions by Henry Marsh


Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical front line. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal. In Admissions, he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished ...

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☯
    2017-05-09 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...
  • Inna
    Нашій медицині не вистачає генрі маршів.Нашій політиці.Нашій сфері послуг.Сфері продажів.БлагодійностіВійськовій сфері.І просто нам.Нам не вистачає Генрі Марша в нас. Адже,як зазначено в післямові, правда – релігія Генрі Марша. А вміння визнава...
  • Jeanette
    Another book by Henry Marsh that puts you into the life and death brain surgeries that he performs. This one is near the ending of his NHS employment and he posits upon retirement and his future "workshop" rehab project. This is the book that gives us his regrets, his "admissions" to fault. Not just to his unsuccessful brain tumor surgery outcomes, but to his lacks or his inabilities to connect when he feels he should have been able to do so. Thi...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    Marsh's 'Do No Harm' is one of the most compelling books I've ever read, and gave me pause at many points. This one did too, but for different reasons. In this book we find Marsh contemplating retirement, and reflecting on what went right, and what went (often catastrophically) wrong with his career, his profession, and his life in general. It is a sad, poignant, and often very pessimistic memoir, as Marsh reflects on letting go not just of his '...
  • Monica Willyard
    This book presents an interesting look into the life and mindset of a brain surgeon. He was trained and worked in the United Kingdom but also did volunteer work in several Third World countries. He describes and contrasts doing medicine in those very different environments.
  • Jenks
    An eye opener. A family member passed away as a result of brain trauma and this book appealed to me to understand what happens behind those doors. I found it enlightening and such an amazing journey to observe as a reader. I think I’d be interested to read in more of a ‘case study’ format but I’d recommend this!
  • Marysya
    Я захоплююсь Генрі Маршем! Абсолютно щира, до болю чесна, але в той же час тепла, світла і неймовірно людяна книга надзвичайного Лікаря.
  • Ksenya
    Скажімо так, для мене медицина досі ще трішки магія.Тому Генрі Марш для мене - це чарівник найвищого рівня.А в цій книжки він говорить про це якраз із протилежної точки зору.Що медицина - це робота, а лікарі - просто люди. Ну може не зовсім просто, їм ...
  • Cherie
    A heartfelt look at what a brain surgeon lives with inside and outside his medical practice, how he got there and how he left it. Well narrated. I liked his voice and his honesty.If I get to join him in the great nothingness after death, I will be happy. If not, neither of us will know anyway.I earnestly hope I never have to have brain surgery, ever!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Essam Munir
    This book is in no comparison to Do No Harm. I really admire Dr. Marsh but this book seems like a bunch of scattered ideas that you can't but feel bored (for most of the time).I anticipated a lot of 'medical scenarios' but there were few and the remainder is an autobiography.
  • 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...
  • Anastasia Moroz
    «Ми не хочемо втрачати те, що маємо, навіть якщо нам пропонують на обмін щось справді цінне. Круглі камінчики в кишенях божевільних ставали ціннішими за всі камінчики лікарняного саду тільки через те, що вони вже комусь належали.»Ох, яка ж крутезн...
  • Michelle Davaadorj
    Насаараа мэдрэлийн мэс засалч хийсэн хүний намтар байлаа. Тэтгэвэрт гарахдаа хэрхэн үнэхээр өөрийх нь амьдралаа зориулсан зүйл нь үнэ цэнэтэй байсан эсэхэд эргэлзэнэ. Английн эрүүл мэндийн тогтолцоогоо ч айхтар шүүмжилнэ. Непалд очиж ажиллахд...
  • Mje102
    In this book, the author recounts his experiences in working - and then retiring - as a neurosurgeon from the National Health Service, then working in Nepal and in the Ukraine, helping to train neurosurgeons. Marsh is an extraordinary writer - richly describing the practice of neurosurgery in both the modern world and in the third world, the patients, the dilemmas and difficulties he faces, his mistakes and misjudgments (Admissions?) along the wa...
  • Sergei Ter-Tumasov
    Если бы не читал первую книгу мемуаров Генри Марша, то эта мне бы понравилась!В который раз убеждаюсь, что не стоит читать книги одного автора друг за другом (только если это, конечно, не серия книг), потому что его стиль и жизненная философия (особе...
  • Christine Schwab
    Not a review, just these passages packed huge punches for me. When he says he exploited his parents, but their undying support was what gave him his strong self-confidence that was both blessing and curse. And when he admits being uncomfortable with a dying patient and says something like, "talking to a patient about their inevitable death is difficult, and even more difficult when the room smells like s*$t"... ouuuuffff. so honest. and he admits...
  • Kris Springer
    Memoir might be my favorite kind of book, and I especially enjoy memoirs in which the author lives a life very different from my own, so that I can vicariously be a chef, or in this case, a British brain surgeon, operating in London, the Ukraine and Nepal. I also love to accompany the author on his flight of thought, skimming the present, the past, and the future, and reflecting on how the pieces of his life fit together.
  • 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.
  • Samantha Price
    Edit: still the same amount of stars but the realization that doctors are human and flawed made me very scared and suspicious breaking my arm and going through a system I now knew more about. Usually I am very trustworthy. Not a bad/good thing, just a comment.My first audio book!! I like when authors read their memoirs. Reminded me a lot of Being Mortal. At the end of his life Henry is reflecting on his time being a neuro surgeon. I’m not sure ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jackie Law
    Admissions, by Henry Marsh, is a searingly honest memoir by the retired brain surgeon who brought us Do No Harm (I have yet to read this earlier book). It is a somewhat regretful looking back on cases the author has worked on, mistakes made, and the balance neurosurgeons must acquire between confidence in their abilities and concern for the patients whose lives can be so drastically altered by their interventions.Marsh resigned from his position ...