In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Dr. 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.Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals ...
In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Dr. 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.Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals make mistakes, learn on the job, and improvise much of their technique and self-confidence. Gawande's tales are humane and passionate reminders that doctors are people, too. His prose is thoughtful and deeply engaging, shifting from sometimes painful stories of suffering patients (including his own child) to intriguing suggestions for improving medicine with the same care he expresses in the surgical theatre. Some of his ideas will make health care providers nervous or even angry, but his disarming style, confessional tone, and thoughtful arguments should win over most readers. Complications is a book with heart and an excellent bedside manner, celebrating rather than berating doctors for being merely human.
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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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