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.



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