Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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The international bestseller from the author of Being Mortal

In these gripping accounts of true cases, bestselling author Atul Gawande performs exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealised form, but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing and profoundly human.

This is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made: operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone.

'Written as tautly as a thriller' Observer

 

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CBR 10 BINGO Square: Backlog (Added this to my TBR list on February 12, 2013 - the day I joined Goodreads, apparently) Best for: People who enjoy good writing about medical issues. NOT for those who ... Read full review

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5***** and a ❤ This National Book Award finalist REALLY makes you think! It opens your eyes to the imperfections in our system of medical care. Gawande is a surgical resident (when he wrote it), a ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
1
The Computer and the Hernia Factory
35
Nine Thousand Surgeons
75
When Good Doctors Go Bad
88
PartIIMystery
109
A Queasy Feeling
130
Crimson Tide
146
The Man Who Couldnt Stop Eating
162
PartIIIUncertainty
187
The Dead Baby Mystery
202
The Case of the Red Leg
228
Notes on Sources
253
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Atul Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the New Yorker magazine. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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