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.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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.