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Complications :  A surgeon's notes on an imperfect science - Atul Gawande

Complications

A surgeon's notes on an imperfect science

Paperback Published: 1st March 2008
ISBN: 9781846681325
Number Of Pages: 288

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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 lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.

This is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made.

There are accounts of operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone.

About the Author

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, and is the author of Better, Complications, The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal.

Industry Reviews

I don't know if Atul Gawande was born to be a surgeon - I very much suspect so - but he was certainly born to write.This wise and exciting account of life as a surgical resident ... perfectly captures the wonder and fearful responsibility that come with cutting people open in the hope of making them whole again. -- Bill Bryson
Ever wondered how realistic ER is? Then read Gawande's superb book. The truth, you will find, is far more compelling, though the endings are never as neat ... Gawande makes the scenes far more dramatic than television ever can. He is a first-class writer. * Scotland on Sunday *
Written as tautly as a thriller. * The Observer *
Gawande draws you in with the story but leaves you wiser about science, about health, and even about the human condition. -- Michael Kinsley

ISBN: 9781846681325
ISBN-10: 1846681324
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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