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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 MAR (Text) 33500013736731 New Checked out 02/15/2023

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  • ISBN: 9781250286086
  • ISBN: 1250286085
  • Physical Description: 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.

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"From the bestselling neurosurgeon and author of Do No Harm, comes Henry Marsh's And Finally, an unflinching and deeply personal exploration of death, life and neuroscience. As a retired brain surgeon, Henry Marsh thought he understood illness, but he was unprepared for the impact of his diagnosis of advanced cancer. And Finally explores what happens when someone who has spent a lifetime on the frontline of life and death finds himself contemplating what might be his own death sentence. As he navigates the bewildering transition from doctor to patient, he is haunted by past failures and projects yet to be completed, and frustrated by the inconveniences of illness and old age. But he is also more entranced than ever by the mysteries of science and the brain, the beauty of the natural world and his love for his family. Elegiac, candid, luminous and poignant, And Finally is ultimately not so much a book about death, but a book about life and what matters in the end"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 November #2
    *Starred Review* After learning he has cancer, retired neurosurgeon Marsh quickly comprehends just how great is the distance that separates patients from doctors. He writes candidly about his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer, treatment with androgen deprivation (chemical castration) and radiation therapy, and the side effects. Surgeon Marsh (in control, self-confident, objective) and patient Marsh (in denial, self-pitying, despairing) occupy vastly different worlds, even though they sometimes overlap with shared uncertainty and remorse. He recalls former patients and recounts hard lessons learned and wisdom accrued during more than 40 years of surgical practice, such as locating a balance between compassion and detachment and telling patients the truth without robbing them of all hope. But becoming seriously ill himself is disorienting and grueling. Marsh admits to a fear of developing dementia, perceives empathy to be hard work, and finds hospitals reminiscent of prisons. His narrative includes discussions of consciousness, sleep, dreams, and the need for forgiveness. Marsh's exemplary first book, Do No Harm (2015), established a high bar for medical memoir. And Finally offers a tender, at times apologetic account of a doctor-turned-patient whose chronic disease and awareness of the inevitability of death are compellingly navigated: first denial and anxiety, then acceptance and coping, ultimately gratitude for every moment gifted. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

HENRY MARSH is a retired neurosurgeon and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Do No Harm and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Admissions. He has been the subject of two documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, which won an Emmy. He lives in London and Oxford.

Subject: Marsh, Henry, 1950- > Health.
Neurosurgeons > Great Britain > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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