An Evening with Henry Marsh

Friday 29 January 2021

  • Doors: 29/01/2021 07:00PM

This is the rescheduled event for An Evening with Henry Marsh from the original date Tuesday, 12 May. All tickets purchased for the original date will be valid for the new date subject to terms and conditions.

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The acclaimed neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is returning to the Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, to talk about his remarkable second memoir, Admissions: A life in Brain Surgery.

Marsh made the decision to be a brain surgeon after he had witnessed the miracle of his three-month old son survive the complex removal of a brain tumour.

Marsh’s first operation, to clip a brain aneurysm, not only saved a life but restored an individual to his self.

“What could be finer, I thought, than to be a neurosurgeon,” said Marsh, who visits the Grand in May.

“The operation involved the brain, the mysterious substrate of all thoughts and feeling, of all that was important in human life – a mystery, it seemed to me, as great as the stars at night and the universe around us.”

Now, four decades later, he has reached the end of a distinguished career as one of Britain’s most gifted neurosurgeons.

“To be a neurosurgeon, you have to have a big ego, and be decisive and confident. A lot of surgery is still a one-man act.”

He added: “I have learnt that handling the brain tells you nothing about life – other than to be dismayed by its fragility.

“Surgery is a very narrow tightrope.”

He continues to work, mostly in a volunteer capacity, offering his experience and teaching in clinics in Nepal, Ukraine and London.

“On retirement from the National Health Service, I was horrified that I could live for another 20 years - and what on earth was I going to do with that time.

“I was a workaholic, and although neuro-surgery was terribly stressful I never had to worry about what I was going to do the next day.”

He added: “I could have stayed on for a couple more years in the NHS, but I had become disillusioned.

“The feeling that there was something special about being a doctor had disappeared.

“We traditionally think that a doctor’s role is to save lives, but modern medicine is no longer like that.”

An Evening with Henry Marsh: Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery.