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    DescriptionSometimes 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 human. Atul 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. He investigates such enduring mysteries as the nature of pain, the inability to cure nausea, even the little-understood biology of blushing. He explores how deadly mistakes happen, and why good doctors go bad. He also gives us privileged entry into the inspiring world of ambitious operations, remarkable experiments, and unexpected intuitions. And through it all, we find Gawande's deep concern with the actual experiences of patients and doctors as they negotiate the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once unsentimental 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. From Complications: I had just finished examining someone in the ER when one of the physicians stopped me with yet another patient: twenty-three-year-old Eleanor Bratton had a red and swollen leg. "It's probably only a cellulitis" --a skin infection--"but it's bad," he said. He had prescribed intravenous antibiotics, but he wanted me to make sure there wasn't anything "surgical" going on. The patient looked fit and athletic. There did not seem anything seriously ill about her. I glanced at her chart--she had good vital signs, no fever, and no past medical problems. I asked Eleanor if she had had any pus or drainage from her leg. No. Any ulcers? No. A foul smell or blackening of her skin? No. I le

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    A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Atul Gawande
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 269
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805063196
    ISBN 10: 0805063196

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    BIC subject category V2: JNRV
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    BISAC V2.8: MED109000, MED024000
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    LC classification: RD27.35.G39 A3 2002
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    Edition statement
    Henry Holt & Company Inc
    Imprint name
    Henry Holt & Company Inc
    Publication date
    26 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Atul Gawande is the author of "The Checklist Manifesto" and "Better." Complications was a National Book Award finalist. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for "The New Yorker," and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.
    Review quote
    ""Complications" is a book about medicine that reads like a thriller." --Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The Tipping Point" ""Complications" is a uniquely soulful book about the science of mending bodies." --Adam Gopnik, author of "From Paris to the Moon"