It is said that brain surgery is akin to defusing a bomb, in that it is slow, delicate work and you are the tiniest mistake away from complete catastrophe.
The difference with brain surgery, though, is the surgeon walks away unharmed – says neurosurgeon Henry Marsh – regardless of the success or failure of the procedure.
Well, maybe not entirely unharmed, for brain surgeon has clearly exacted a toll on Henry Marsh.
In this fascinating conversation with Paul Barclay, he looks back on 40 years of intimate contact with the human brain.
What effect does a life of probing and cutting into people’s brains have on you?
Recorded at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 28 May 2017.
Originally broadcast on July 3, 2017.
Henry Marsh – brain surgeon, author.