Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Review

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...

Title:Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Edition Language:English

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  • Patricia

    A year or more ago, I mistakenly placed a review for Gawande's book Better under this title. I have fixed the mix up, and I have now read Complications.Gawande is pure pleasure to read. His writing is...

  • Ben Pederson

    This book wss filled with about 25 anecdotes flimsily tied together by Gawande's less than inspiring reflections. I have the book in front of me at the moment and I am paging through rereading section...

  • Paul Demetre

    Complications is a fascinating look at some of the vagaries of medicine, which may be a science but it is practiced by people who don't often have all of the evidence needed to make a 100% fact based ...

  • Elizabeth

    Complications is a book of anecdotes about a surgical resident’s experiences and impressions of the current health care environment. Gawande divides his stories into three sections: fallibility, mys...

  • Libby Ames

    Although I am interested in the medical profession, motivation to learn more about it often elludes me. Gawande was able to keep my attention and present points that I could understand in spite of my ...

  •  Sarah Lumos

    “Practice is funny that way. For days and days, you make out only the fragments of what to do. And then one day you've got the thing whole. Conscious learning becomes unconscious knowledge, and yo...

  • l.

    Read these sentences and tell me that this writer isn't an unbearable idiot:"If choice [of one's surgeon] cannot go to everyone, maybe it is better when it is not allowed at all.""Taking time to bond ...

  • amirMasoud Hadidi

    نویسنده تجربه های شخصی خودش رو بیان کرده بود و تفکراتش رو درباره اینکه پیچیدگی ها چطور در پزشکی تنیده شدند در م...

  • Jim

    Not quite a 4 star read, but close enough. It's fairly short & does make his major points fairly well. They boil down to medicine isn't perfect.Doctors are humans, so need to learn & will make mistake...

  • Sue

    Atul Gawande writes for The New Yorker, and I always read his articles as soon as I spot the by-line. I read "Better" last year and think it is even, yes, better. But both books have rare qualities. G...