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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Complications A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Atul Gawande, William David Griffith (Narrator) In vivid 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 lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human. — Abridged - 6 CDs - 7.5 hours - read by Willia... more »m David Griffith« less
As a physician myself I found this a fascinating read. The anecdotes are dead on and the philosophical explanations behind his reasonings make one think. Medicine is an imperfect science. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in medicine or an interest in trying to understand how doctors think.
I really enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent job of laying the science of medicine out on the table and frankly discussing its shortfalls. There are so many interesting stories, and half of them I've seen on the hit show "Gray's Anatomy" (or is it Grey's?). In any case, this was a very good read.
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Helpful Score: 5
Should be mandatory reading for anyone who is a patient. Incredible and horrifying some of the things you'll realize. Explained a lot of why some of the doctors Ive been to in the past were so ignorant and uncooperative. (p 210-211)
Quite frankly, I found this book difficult to put down. Gawande is an excellent writer and the subject is fascinating. It was a thought provoking book as well as an eye opener. How doctors make the decisions they do and arrive at their conclusions is something we all need to know more about. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in medicine, has been a patient, will be a patient or knows someone who may someday be a patient. It is a cautionary tale that both reminds us of the limits of medicine as well as some of the remarkable things that can be done.
Dr. Gawande is a great storyteller. He carries you through complex medical situations and keeps you interested as he weaves personal anecdotes with sage advice on how to better the practice of medicine.