Complications

A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Atul Gawande
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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.

Author bio:

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 (9781861976574), Complications (9781846681325), The Checklist Manifesto (9781846683145) and Being Mortal (9781846685828).

Category: Health
ISBN: 9781846681325
Edition No: 3
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Profile Trade
Pub Date: March 2008
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Public health & preventive medicine