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 ...Read MoreThis 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.Read Less
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May 22, 2009
Shockingly honest and sincere medical account
Atul Gawande writes an amusing, incredibly honest and eye-opening account about his experiences as a resident, cutting his teeth on the various patients who come through the emergency door.
Gawande makes an earnest and sincere appeal to the reader to understand that to become an excellent surgeon, a resident must first gain experience by actually performing surgeries on live patients. Using anecdotes and hard facts, Gawande is honest about his successes and failures as a resident , as well as the medical community on the whole. He acknowledges that modern medicine is still rather primitive but that advances are being made every day. And doctors are only human, in the end.
A wonderful account, that reads very well with little to no medical jargon to confuse the reader. Some of the stories were rather slow and not that interesting, but most were incredibly fascinating. The reader will learn and realize things about the medicial profession that will scare them but at the same time make them better informed future-patients.
Jan 27, 2009
It is such a pleasure to read Atul Gawande's prose. His style is accessible to laypeople but technical enough for those in the profession to learn something from his experiences. Each chapter addresses one medical area of "imperfection." Some examples: the fact that student doctors inevitably must learn on living people, the medical profession's cloudy understanding of pain and nausea, and the fact that just as in other professions, some doctors are "bad". A blurb in the front cover of the book states that Gawande's book "reads like a thriller," and I think this is a very apt description. He uses cases from his experience as a surgical resident to illustrate his points, and it is clear from his writing how invested he is in his patients. He brings the reader into that sense of investment, so I found myself really needing to know how each patient's case was resolved. I think that those who are interested in the medical profession or simply want some insight into the field will get a lot from this book.
Jan 8, 2009
Gawande has an uncanny ability to meld and craft words to convey emotions and science to both the medical profession and laypeople. The book is collection of short stories about the life and patients of a surgeon. He dives into the thought processes of physicians and demonstrates the art of medicine. This is a must read for medical students. Reading this might help you develop a personal statement.
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