Do No Harm by Henry Marsh is my favourite book about brain surgery. It definitely had an impact on me. I first read it when I was at a crossroads with my recovery. Trying to see how luckily I was but at the same time struggling to come to terms with what had happened to me and how I’d changed since my accident. The way Henry Marsh speaks about the brain and his patients is so beautiful… It’s the perfect mix of science and emotion.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi I’ve yet to read. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The book cover feels SO nice too (it’s a good reminder why Kindle’s are rubbish!)