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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel’s edge. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science is a nonfiction book collection of essays written by the American surgeon Atul Gawande. Gawande. Atul Gawande’s training began with a bullet wound and ended with a flesh-eating He reports back from the medical front line in Complications.

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Gawanre is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: There are accounts of operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies complicaton necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews cmoplication now. Please try again later. I was referred to this book by a friend of mine who knew I liked the books of Malcolm Gladwell.

I first read it near about when it came out, aroundand just got around to re-reading it. I had only remembered two of the stories from the book, so it was very similar to reading it again for the first time. The theme of this book is reflected in its three parts: Fallibility, Mystery and Uncertainty. Each concept is accompanied by one or more anecdotal references to his own real-life cases that illustrate his point brilliantly.


Their education and practical experience can help prepare them with knowledge, but skill comes from years of learned real-world practice.

I could really sympathize with him and the stressors he has to deal with. The truth is a lot more complicated than that. It really does focus on pulling the screen compliation and giving you a glimpse into the vast uncertainty that accompanies this sometimes wondrous profession. People usually are either one of these things or the other, and it’s not so often that we find someone who can both do things AND write and so expose us to a agul that we might not have seen otherwise.

It is written gawands three sections.

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Fallibility The shortcomings of physicians b. Mystery Mystery Illnesses c. Uncertainty Gray areas and diagnostic uncertainty 2. I get the distinct impression that the author wrote a series of essays and then chose the best of them as could be fit into this book. It’s like he didn’t write only as many “songs” as he needed for this “album. Much, as it happens. I can give some of the things that popped out at me the most 1. Medicine is an empirical science. There are no algorithms or simple answers.

There are questions about ways that surgeries can be set up. Do you train one surgeon to do many things, or do you train many surgeons teams? And the training for procedures to be done on humans can only be done on humans. And yes, people who are poor and unable gawqnde purchase their own insurance are more likely to be guinea pigs. And that’s just the reality of things. There are no clear mechanisms to sanction physicians when they are past their prime and start killing patients.

Gawanfe fact that this book is still high priced in spite of being 15 years old is its strongest recommendation. The present reviewer is offering one more. His excellent writing makes the hospital setting and the O. Doctors are portrayed as human beings with a high fallibility factor and surgeons are portrayed with very high confidence levels.

Yet the doubts, the anxiety and the frustrations of the medical profession are also expressed very eloquently. His insight into the medical world is almost profound and his empathy with the patient is palpable. Gawande has written other medical books for the popular market that have gotten good reviews. I hope to read them soon.


Unable to be put down until completed! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As a former Navy Corpsman Medic attached to the USMC infantry, I have always had an interest in medicine, and science in general, and this book was a great insight into the medical and surgery field.

As a young Corpsman with the Marines, I was thrust into medicine, and learned very quickly what did and did not work. From diagnosing even though we couldn’t “diagnose” as Line Corpsmen Atul writes about this, and the decisions he had to make, which affect him to this day.

As a surgeon and author, he actually cares about his patients, which is a great thing to have as a medical professional. While he doesn’t touch on this very much in his book, his caring about the patients and following up is the mark of a true caregiver.

A surgeon opens his heart (well, almost)

For it is those doctors, medics, corpsmen, nurses, and other medical professionals that actually care and are empathic with their patients, yet know how to distance themselves when needed, that operate the best and can change medicine for the better.

A truly great read, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the healthcare system, surgery, medicine, and anyone who has ever worked in the medical field!

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