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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Complications A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Author: Atul Gawande
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 lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.
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ISBN-13: 9780312421700
ISBN-10: 0312421702
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
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: 6
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.
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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)
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a very interesting book. The author was very honest in his writing about patients and the trials of being a new doctor. I read this book on a 4 hour flight to Las Vegas!
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Very interesting glimpse into the daily lives and thoughts of a surgeon as he treats patients and interacts with his peers. Well written and informative.
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A technical book that provides the reader with the perspective of those that provide medical treatment. Not a book you would likely read prior to going into the hospital for surgery, but interesting nonetheless.
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Excellent, compelling and informative, full of cool medical details and a look at the very human and tentative nature of medical science.

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