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: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science is a nonfiction book collection of essays written by the American surgeon Atul Gawande. Gawande. Atul Gawande’s training began with a bullet wound and ended with a flesh-eating He reports back from the medical front line in Complications.

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The Book of Blood: Pages to import images to Wikidata. Every subject Atul Gawande touches is probed and dissected and turned inside out with such deftness and feeling and counterintuitive insight that the reader is left breathless.

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A self-critical, self-aware, proud yet humble insights of a doctor regarding medicine. Uncertainty Gray areas and diagnostic uncertainty 2. The New York Review of Books. Other failures are his own: These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Nov 04, Book Concierge rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I have fixed the mix up, and I have now read Complications. Apr 09, Sue rated it really liked it.

The fact that this book is still high priced in spite of being 15 years old is its strongest recommendation.

What are the psychological effects of cutting open the unconscious bodies of patients you have talked to and in some cases come to like? A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science”. The first time Gawande is called on to make an incision, the senior surgeon draws a six-inch line on a sleeping patient’s abdomen and hands him a knife. Although many times the gawandd is opposed to the autopsy and will not allow it.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Don’t have a Kindle? Many of the chapters were originally written as articles for the New Yorker and some unwieldy repetitions suggest that atl little more editing would have helped turn them into a book. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Read these sentences and tell me that this writer isn’t an unbearable idiot: How can young doctors gain hands-on experience without endangering lives? The truth is a lot more complicated than that. All in all, a solid book.

Much like reading George Orwell, the reader emerges entertained, enlightened, transformed and ayul satisfied.

The autopsy is how doctors can determine what was actually wrong with the patient. Academic OneFileAccessed 10 Dec. If you’re like me and you just like to read about medical stuff, read complicatjon book! I think the thing I liked the most about Complications was that it was really thought-provoking.

Gawande has experienced the limitations of his profession not only as a surgeon, but as a parent. I was referred to this book by a friend of mine who knew I liked the books of Malcolm Gladwell. Gawande, and this is the first time I’ve ever performed this complicated surgery.

The ethical dilemma that arises from the autonomy of patients versus the patriarchy of the doctors is also discussed in Complications: Apr 10, Libby Ames rated it really liked it Shelves: But such hard and fast rule seems ill-suited both to a caring relationships between docotr and patient and to the reality of medical care, where a hunderred decisions have to be made quickly Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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For example, we expect our doctors to be as knowledgeable and efficient as machines, but as Gawande points out, many decisions even some life-saving ones come to fruition as nothing more than hunches. The headings for each section of the book–Fallibility, Mystery, and Uncertainty–are thematic in the text. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. From diagnosing even though we couldn’t “diagnose” as Line Corpsmen This was probably the best book I have read for Atul Gawande yet. I can give some of the things that popped out at me the most 1.

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

Unfortunately, this model has been too expensive to be much of a viable option. He uses a good mix of anecdotes and research to speak about each topic. Surgeon, MacArthur fellow, and New Yorker staff writer Gawande follows his best-sellers Complications and Better with an electrifying manifesto that pairs the most advanced medical science with the humblest of tools: But it is not.

Complications was a National Book Award finalist. There is nevertheless a charming frankness about the atil, especially complciation it comes to admitting what doctors and medical science do not know.