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Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals make mistakes, learn on the job, and improvise much of their technique and self-confidence. Gawande's tales are humane and passionate reminders that doctors are people, too. His prose is thoughtful and deeply engaging, shifting from sometimes painful stories of suffering patients (including his own child) to intriguing suggestions for improving medicine with the same care he expresses in the surgical theater. Some of his ideas will make health care providers nervous or even angry, but his disarming style, confessional tone, and thoughtful arguments should win over most readers. Complications is a book with heart and an excellent bedside manner, celebrating rather than berating doctors for being merely human. --Rob Lightner
Medicine reveals itself as a fascinatingly complex and "fundamentally human endeavor" in this distinguished debut essay collection by a surgical resident and staff writer for the New Yorker. Gawande, a former Rhodes scholar and Harvard Medical School graduate, illuminates "the moments in which medicine actually happens," and describes his profession as an "enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line." Gawande's background in philosophy and ethics is evident throughout these pieces, which range from edgy accounts of medical traumas to sobering analyses of doctors' anxieties and burnout. With humor, sensitivity and critical intelligence, he explores the pros and cons of new technologies, including a controversial factory model for routine surgeries that delivers superior success rates while dramatically cutting costs. He also describes treatment of such challenging conditions as morbid obesity, chronic pain and necrotizing fasciitis the often-fatal condition caused by dreaded "flesh-eating bacteria" and probes the agonizing process by which physicians balance knowledge and intuition to make seemingly impossible decisions. What draws practitioners to this challenging profession, he concludes, is the promise of "the alterable moment the fragile but crystalline opportunity for one's know-how, ability or just gut instinct to change the course of another's life for the better." These exquisitely crafted essays, in which medical subjects segue into explorations of much larger themes, place Gawande among the best in the field. National author tour.
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Awesome, well written and entertaining. A must for all in the health care business. Yo won't regret buying this one.Published 10 hours ago by robert quintano
Well written account of the realities that the Demi-gods we normally refer to as doctors actually undergo. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Bob H
One of the best books I've ever read. Being a surgeon myself, his writings literally took me there. Must read for anyone in the field either on the doc's side or the dark side. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Arul
Atul Gawade is an excellent writer. He brings you along on his journey. I highly recommend this book, along with his others; Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being MortalPublished 2 days ago by Joesph E. Bradshaw
Guwande is a terrific writer, and this book was a quick read from start to finish. I don't know that it contains that much new information for those already in the medical field,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by LAreviewer
Gawande is one of the best 'medical' writers I know of. His book Being Mortal is also extraordinary.Published 5 days ago by DSJ
Great insight what it takes working as a new medical doctor. Plus he's a great writer and empathetic.Published 12 days ago by karen423
People tend to see doctors as demigods, and they like to behave that way. I regularly browse the store for books, I tend to download the samples, if a book catches my imagination. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Karoly Kemeny
There is nothing Atul Gawande has written, so far, that I would give less than 5 stars to.
Prolific, erudite, thoughtful, willing to look the flaws in our medical care system... Read more