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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science - Atul Gawande
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
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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 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312421700 (0312421702)
ASIN: 312421702
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 269
Edition language: English
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Kim Reads Books About Things
Kim Reads Books About Things rated it
4.0 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
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.
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
4.0 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
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 ...
So.... Nicky?
So.... Nicky? rated it
4.0
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...
donnambrownuk
donnambrownuk rated it
5.0 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
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...
megancsparks
megancsparks rated it
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...
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