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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He complicatiob needed to perform an emergency tracheotomy, a procedure he had little experience with, under time pressure.

Overall, it was an interesting tour inside the field from a young surgeon’s point of view. Injure all the patients you like, but don’t you dare thumb your nose at our rituals wherein we discuss these injuries!!

Even less clear is whether the actions we choose will prove either wise or helpful. A book full of valuable observations and statistics for a reader like myself with agwande much no knowledge about the American medical system that hasn’t been gleaned from dramatizations of it on TV or conversations complicatuon the politics of it, but at times frustrating in its “pop”-ness, coming across as either patronizing or amateurish.

He’s got a nice approach to writing.

Medicine and What Matters in the End. And note that he doesn’t discuss why it would be wrong to take gawwande license away – wow, what a great look at the complexities of the situation!

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

Any comments about this book, Anna? I can give some of the things that popped out at me the most 1. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The book as a whole had a powerful delivery and was very well written. The ethical question that arises from this situation is should the patient have full control over their body regardless of their lesser knowledge when compared to physicians that could possibly save their lives?


Complications deals with the mysteries and uncertanties of medicine, beginning with a reminder that doctors are like the rest of us fallible humans, and ones who often have to pretend they know more than they really do.

Read these sentences and tell me that this writer isn’t an unbearable idiot: The present reviewer is offering one more. Unable to be put down until completed! This book only got three stars from me mostly because even though I enjoyed it as I was reading, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I was going to.

The fact that this book is still high priced in spite of being 15 years old is its strongest recommendation. Either we will get sick or somebody we love will get sick. I also read Blink, recently, by Malcolm Gladwell, and he points out that the number of medical malpractice lawsuits a doctor will have filed against him or her can be predicted based on the tone of voice they take with patients during their first appointments- it has almost nothing to do with malpractice and everything to do with the way the doctor made the patient feel.

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science – Atul Gawande – Google Books

In the actual situations that present themselves, however, [ Yet the doctors are the ones with the training and have probably seen many more circumstances when they cannot make a diagnosis. Jul 28, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: The Case of the Red Leg is an example of how the mystery behind a disease impacts the work physicians must do. The student, who had never operated before, was observing an abdominal procedure when it came time to make the first incision.


The Dead Baby Mystery. His account of the operation is instructive, but not for the squeamish. Man is so complex—body, mind, and spirit so inextricably intertwined—that we’re never going to understand the complexities of any one of them without bringing our knowledge of the others to bear.

Atul Gawande is my new hero. The concern then arises as to which patients receive care from the inexperienced versus the experienced. This seems to have formed the cojplication for his most recent book – Being Mortal. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

Conscious learning becomes unconscious knowledge, and you cannot say precisely how. Don’t have a Kindle? 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. Complicztion are questions about ways that surgeries can be set up.

This humanizing of doctors that takes place in Complications: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

We want a rule. The truth is a lot more complicated than that. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. We opened her up and found the thing was huge.

A surgeon opens his heart (well, almost)

Please try again later. He turns every case–from gunshot wounds to morbid obesity to flesh-eating bacteria–into a thriller in miniature. Want to Read saving…. They predicted with some phenomenal degree of accuracy who would get sued.