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Video Excerpt from "Your Life in Their Hands"

In this excerpt from the 2004 BBC documentary Your Life in Their Hands, physician Henry Marsh performs surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor from patient Adrian Theobold’s brain.

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Excerpt from "Your Life in Their Hands," directed by Geoffrey Smith for the BBC in 2004.

** Warning: This video contains graphic images of a surgical procedure. **

Because the tumor is very close to the region of the brain that controls speech, Theobold is asked to speak continuously so that Marsh and the other doctors will be able to gauge their progress. A nurse shows Theobold a series of picture cards, and he is asked to identify the object shown on each card and state what it does. The surgical team must stop after two hours, but they are able to remove 98% of the tumor – twice what they would have been able to remove if the patient had been unconscious during surgery.




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He is firstly an artist and then a surgeon. He’s willing to look at surgery and surgeons. He’s prepared to be vulnerable ... He’s the very opposite of the arrogant, repressed surgical model.”

— Filmmaker Geoffrey Smith in Time Out London

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