Book Review: Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

This book is written by Henry Marsh who shares his unconventional journey into neurosurgery after studying medicine as a second degree. The title of the book is reminiscent of the first hippocratic oath, which is an oath often taken by medical physicians: “first do no harm”.

The book is littered with candid examples of his patients and his reflections, through his time in medical school to becoming a neurosurgeon. The book tries to address how to deal with the consequences if everything goes wrong, but this time in a life and death situation. It crosses the fields of philosophy, ethics, and medicine.

Three non-fiction books by doctors

These are my top three non-fiction books by doctors. Interestingly, all three of these authors changed their paths from one area to medicine, offering them a different perspective to the field. They all confront questions about human mortality and what matters at the end of life, as well as offering an appreciation of the field of medicine at a time when humanity has depended so much on it.