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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicineSometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one s own eyes This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is complicated, perplexing, and profoundly humanAtul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel s edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause a young woman with nausea that won t go away a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human livesAt once tough minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor Complications is aNational Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

10 thoughts on “Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

  1. Patricia Patricia says:

    A year orago, I mistakenly placed a review for Gawande s book Better under this title I have fixed the mix up, and I have now read Complications.Gawande is pure pleasure to read His writing is fluid and ful

  2. Ben Pederson Ben Pederson says:

    This book wss filled with about 25 anecdotes flimsily tied together by Gawande s less than inspiring reflections I have the book in front of me at the moment and I am paging through rereading sections that I

  3. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Complications is a book of anecdotes about a surgical resident s experiences and impressions of the current health care environment Gawande divides his stories into three sections fallibility, mystery, and un

  4. Sonja Arlow Sonja Arlow says:

    I finished this book about a week ago and the next day my mom fell and f % broke her hip So, this is NOT the type of book to read or even think about when you have someone in the hospital.Most doctors, especia

  5. Libby Ames Libby Ames says:

    Although I am interested in the medical profession, motivation to learnabout it often elludes me Gawande was able to keep my attention and present points that I could understand in spite of my limited medical k

  6. Kazen Kazen says:

    4.5 starsI had a great time reading this with Heidi from My Reading Life The book is broken up into three sections named for ideas that vex doctors Fallibility, Mystery, and Uncertainty He looks at the way surge

  7. Jim Jim says:

    Not quite a 4 star read, but close enough It s fairly short does make his major points fairly well They boil down to medicine isn t perfect.Doctors are humans, so need to learn will make mistakes, even with the b

  8. Sarah Lumos Sarah Lumos says:

    Practice is funny that way For days and days, you make out only the fragments of what to do And then one day you ve got the thing whole Conscious learning becomes unconscious knowledge, and you cannot say precisel

  9. McKenzie/literarydragon McKenzie/literarydragon says:

    Let s play the who wants to be horrified game Complications made it hard to sleep Not because of gore necessarily but because it made clear to me that doctors are just people who were given a scalpel Yes, they have

  10. l. l. says:

    Read these sentences and tell me that this writer isn t an unbearable idiotIf choice of one s surgeon cannot go to everyone, maybe it is better when it is not allowed at all Taking time to bond with patients is fine

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