What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong? In this lecture, Dr Henry Marsh will offer an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. This talk will reveal and explore the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all, the need for hope when faced with life's most agonising decisions.
About Dr Henry Marsh
Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London in 1987, where he still works full time. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your life in their hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, featuring his work in Ukraine, which won an Emmy. He was made a CBE in 2010. Henry became a patron of Humanists UK in 2017.
About the Voltaire Lecture
The Voltaire Lecture, held each year as part of the Humanists UK annual lecture series, explores ‘any aspect of scientific or philosophical thought or human activity as affected by or with particular reference to humanism’. The Voltaire Lectures Fund was originally established by the legacy of Theodore Besterman, the biographer of Voltaire.
Please note that doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Full information about the event location is below.
London, WC1H 9AU