Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
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... show more
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. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
Publish date: April 1st 2003
Pages no: 269
Edition language: English
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Tough reading (it was required for a health class) mainly because MAN, Gawande does NOT skimp on the details of surgery and some of the descriptions were gruesome, but gripping nonetheless.
At one point in my career (in fact, not too long after this book was originally published), I worked in the risk management department for a non-teaching hospital. We looked at physician errors and complication rates, among other things. A few years previously, I had worked in the department that ...
Listened to this while on a long-haul drive, and was mesmerized. Had to turn off the recording at the end of chapters to think about things: How should surgeons gain their skills, who should decide what care I should get, whether that scratch on my foot is infected with flesh-eating bacteria. Very c...
This was a very well written book with some interesting, surprising and shocking insights into the medical industry. One thing Gawande makes very clear throughout the book: doctors are human and thus as fatally flawed as the rest of us! His use of real cases is underpinned by something more striki...
Recently I had to see a doctor for something that was bothering me. I went to my normal family physicians group, who referred me to a gastroenterologist, and eventually had to have a couple procedures in the hospital before I was offhandedly diagnosed with IBS. I say "offhandedly" because that's wha...