Cosa significa essere un neurochirurgo? Come ci si sente ad avere in mano le sorti di una persona, mentre ci si apre un varco tra la materia grigia che ne genera i pensieri, i sentimenti e le emozioni? E, se qualcosa va storto, come si convive con le conseguenze? È ciò che scopriremo attraverso le pagine di questo libro, la confessione sincera e intensa di un famoso neurochirurgo inglese che, alla luce dell’esperienza quarantennale, rievoca le vittorie nelle battaglie combattute al fianco dei pazienti, ma anche le inevitabili sconfitte, gli errori e i fallimenti. Primo non nuocere è la narrazione di una professione eroica, chiamata a confrontarsi ogni giorno con i momenti di maggiore fragilità dell’essere umano – la scoperta della malattia, la speranza di una cura –, a prendere decisioni cruciali che, in un modo o nell’altro, cambieranno il destino dei pazienti, ma anche del medico stesso che porterà sempre con sé le storie di gioia o di dolore delle persone che hanno confidato all’abilità delle sue mani e alla generosità del suo cuore le loro vite in pericolo.
- ISBN: 8868334372
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 336
I read this book because Mr Marsh operated on a friend of mine who had a brain tumour - she sadly died, but 5 years after her surgery. Some throwaway lines such as "I like to wash my female patients' hair" rang true - she had wonderful long hair and she found it very moving that her surgeon made her Leggi tutto
This was a bit of a surprise after reading several of the late Oliver Sacks books on neurology (view spoiler) [ including On the Move, his autobiography and my best book of the year (hide spoiler)] , concentrating on the symptoms, psychology and behaviour of a person with a brain with a physical disorder. This book is on the nitty Leggi tutto
An intensely readable book about Henry Marsh's experiences as a neurosurgeon, working for St George's Hospital, under the British National Health Service. It also describes the charity work he does at a hospital in the Ukraine, working in incredibly difficult conditions. He's funny......and pompous
4.5 stars. The Goodread’s description of Do No Harm talks about the books’ “astonishing compassion and candor” and says it’s “it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.” I’m thinking whoever wrote that only read half the book. English neurosurgeon Henry Mars Leggi tutto
“Terrible job, neurosurgery. Don’t do it.” Lucky for us, Henry Marsh reports back from the frontlines of brain surgery so we don’t have to. He’s nearing retirement age after a career divided between a London hospital and medical missions to Ukraine. The punchy chapters are named after conditions he Leggi tutto
3.25 stars “Life without hope is hopelessly difficult but at the end hope can so easily make fools of us all.” In this book, Mr. Marsh tries to show the reader what it is like to be a neurosurgeon. Also serving as his memoir, this book shows the stress, the triumphs and failures of working in a ho Leggi tutto
If you’re really squeamish about blood and body parts and squishy bits, this isn’t the book for you. Marsh talks a lot about the practicality of operating on the brain, as well as about interacting with patients, decision making, dealing with outcomes, training new surgeons, etc. He’s very frank abo Leggi tutto
Is there anything more frightening than the thought of being diagnosed with a brain tumour? In the vast world of illness and disease, it is perhaps the singular worst thing any patient can begin to comprehend. Dr Marsh has made a career out of performing complex surgical procedures on such patients, Leggi tutto
In 25 chapters, each built around a neurosurgical operation (infections and strokes but mostly tumors), the author provides vivid accounts of patients before and after surgery as well as encounters with Britain’s National Health Service. Far more than the average doctor-memoirist, Marsh does not con Leggi tutto
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