Complications: Notes from the Life of a Young Surgeon

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Penguin Books India, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 251 pages
In Gripping Accounts Of True Cases, Atul Gawande Performs Exploratory Surgery On Medicine Itself, Laying Bare A Science Not In Its Idealized Form But As It Actually Is Complicated, Perplexing And Profoundly Human. He 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. Dramatic, Revealing Stories Of Patients And Doctors Explore How Daily Mistakes Occur, Why Good Surgeons Go Bad, And 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.

At Once Tough-Minded And Humane, Complications Is A New Kind Of Medical Writing, Nuanced And Lucid, Unafraid To Confront The Uncertainties That Lie At The Heart Of Modern Medicine, Yet Always Alive To The Possibilities Of Wisdom In This Extraordinary Endeavor.

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Gawande, a surgeon, argues that medicine isn't an exact science and therefore mistakes are inevitable. He then explores the line between that potential for error and the humanity necessary to make ... Read full review

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Contents

Education of a Knife
3
The Computer and the Hernia Factory
27
When Doctors Make Mistakes
39
Nine Thousand Surgeons
67
When Good Doctors Go Bad
79
Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth
99
The Pain Perplex
105
A Queasy Feeling
120
Crimson Tide
136
The Man Who Couldnt Stop Eating
151
Uncertainty
175
Notes on Sources
239
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Atul Gawande is a surgical resident in Boston and staff writer on medicine and science for The New Yorker. A former Rhodes scholar, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.

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