Complications : A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is-uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.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 theatre. 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 more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861974981
  • 9781861974983
  • 660,659

About Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande he 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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'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 'Ever wondered how realistic ER is? Then read Gawande's superb book. The truth, you will find, is far more compelling, though the endings are never as neat. ...Gawande makes the scenes far more dramatic than television ever can. He is a first-class writer.' Scotland on Sunday 'Gawande draws you in with the story but leaves you wiser about science, about health, and even about the human condition.' Michael Kinsleyshow more

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