Complications : A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

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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. There are accounts of operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 34mm | 480.81g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861974132
  • 9781861974136

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'I don't know if Atul Gawande was born to be a surgeon -- I very much suspect so -- but he was certainly born to write. This wise and exciting account of life as a surgical resident...perfectly captures the wonder and fearful responsibility that come with cutting people open in the hope of making them whole again.' Bill Bryson 'Complications is a book about medicine that reads like a thriller. Every subject Gawunde touches is probed and dissected and turned inside out with such deftness and feeling that the reader is left breathless.' Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point. 'Gawunde draws you in with the story but leaves you wiser about science, about health, and even about the human condition.' Michael Kinsleyshow more

About Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is a staff writer on The New Yorker; was an adviser to President Clinton on American health policies; teaches surgery at Harvard Medical School; and uses his knife and scalpel in Boston hospitals. He has lectured in the UK and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He is married with three more

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