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Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science

Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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: Personal Narrative
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gawande, Atul.
New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002
Named Person: Atul Gawande; Atul Gawande
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Atul Gawande
ISBN: 0805063196 9780805063196 9780312421700 0312421702 9781846681325 1846681324
OCLC Number: 48383609
Notes: "Several of these pieces have appeared, in slightly different form, in the New Yorker and Slate"--Title page verso
Awards: Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2003
Commended for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2002
Short-listed for Literary Award (First Nonfiction) 2003
Description: x, 269 pages ; 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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Giving an account of the life of a surgeon, this book looks at what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made. It includes chronicles  Read more...


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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 Read more...

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