Why do hospitals resemble prisons? Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh (Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon) believes that in a secular world, hope for a long life has replaced hope for life after death. And hospitals have replaced cathedrals as the expression of this faith. But it is a false faith. Most of us now live far too long, and the appallingly poor quality of most hospital environments reflects this modern contradiction. Henry discusses the architecture and design of hospitals in today’s changing world.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Henry Marsh (International)

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Henry Marsh is a writer and one of Britain’s foremost neurosurgeons. He is the author of Admissions and Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, which offers an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. It was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and won the PEN Ackerley Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for awards including the Costa Biography Award and Guardian First Book Award.

Marsh became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was then appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London, where he worked for thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work, he has continued to operate and lecture in Nepal, Albania and Ukraine. He has been the subject of two award-winning documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon. He was made a CBE in 2010.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.