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Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science

Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Erlebnisbericht
Biography
Anecdotes
Personal Narratives
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Atul Gawande
ISBN: 0805063196 9780805063196 9780312421700 0312421702
OCLC Number: 48383609
Notes: "Several of these pieces have appeared, in slightly different form, in the New Yorker and Slate"--T.p. verso.
Description: x, 269 p. 22 cm.
Contents: Fallibility: Education of a knife --
Computer and the hernia factory --
When doctors make mistakes --
Nine thousand surgeons --
When good doctors go bad --
Mystery: Full moon Friday the thirteenth --
Pain perplex --
Queasy feeling --
Crimson tide --
Man who couldn't stop eating --
Uncertainty: Final cut --
Dead baby mystery --
Whose body is it anyway? --
Case of the red leg.
Responsibility: Atul Gawande.
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A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause a young woman with nausea that won't go away a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor.

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