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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

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toeoffrog, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by toeoffrog)
A must for anyone that wants to work in the medical field, or plans to someday be an involuntary part of the medical field--in other words, everyone. Gawande has a great voice, interesting topics, and his book shows both his love of medicine and his problems with it.
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poste42, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by poste42)
Atul Gawande elegantly lays out the argument that medicine is an equal mix of art and science. Doctors are flawed humans who have good days and bad, and who have to make important decisions sometimes on the spur of the moment. And science doesn't address the moral dilemmas they encounter on a daily basis. It's a really fast read that made me think differently about health care.
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Jonathan Fincher, April 10, 2008 (view all comments by Jonathan Fincher)
An intriguing, well-written book that will haunt you every time you're in a hospital. Gawande doesn't hold back as he explains that -- despite all the advances in science and medicine over the years -- doctors are still fairly clueless in many areas, and medical practices rely on chance quite a bit. The only fault of this book is that all the medical philosophies can drag at times. Overall though, this is very approachable look at the medical world through a doctor's keen eyes.
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crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a fascinating collection of essays by a young surgeon about various aspects of surgical medicine. For me, the most interesting chapter dealt with surgeons who go bad -- not dramatically terrible surgeons, just those who start out as excellent and slowly sink to mediocrity and eventually malpractice. I think people who enjoyed the medical chapters of Stiff might find this one equally interesting.
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ISBN:
9780312421700
Author:
Gawande, Atul
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Picador USA
Location:
New York
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General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Surgery - General
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Surgeons
Subject:
Medical errors
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Surgeons -- United States.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Professional Medical Reference
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Trade Paperback
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P20-539
Publication Date:
20030431
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
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English
Pages:
288
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8.27 x 5.74 x 0.77 in

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Product details 288 pages Picador USA - English 9780312421700 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Complications is a uniquely soulful book about the science of mending bodies."
"Review" by , "None surpass Gawande in the ability to create a sense of immediacy, in his power to conjure the reality of the ward, the thrill of the moment-by-moment medical or surgical drama. Complications impresses for its truth and authenticity, virtues that it owes to its author being as much forceful writer as uncompromising chronicler."
"Review" by , "Complications is a book about medicine that reads like a thriller."
"Review" by , "If Gawande's hands in the operating room are as sure as his handling of words, his success in his chosen career is all but guaranteed."
"Synopsis" by , In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is — uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.
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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpels edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.
 
Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

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