A Surgeon's Notes on An Imperfect Science

Book - 2002
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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.

Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312421700
Characteristics: x, 269 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 13, 2018

I was highly entertained (even thrilled) reading each anecdote as if I should have felt more compassion and discovered a few true epiphany. Guess my attitude, pessimistic or realistic, reflects that I never rely on doctors, resort to surgery, or even hold high hope towards modern medicine. Nonetheless, I love his writings (medical) distilled and refined from acute observation and intimate experience, and often agree (reassuringly) with his perspectives and insights.

Sep 02, 2016

This is a very readable, very interesting book written by a surgeon. Each chapter features a different case study where he describes what it is like from the doctor's perspective to face the challenges of diagnosing and treating each new patient. A good book to pick up and read in smaller sections when you find time.

kelleypoole Aug 19, 2012

Excellent reading - the author captures the very essence of both the patient's experience and the surgeon's. He thorough explores the difficulties, challenges, and rewards of medicine by unveiling the details of real life cases, even following up much later with patients he has treated or studied. If you enjoy medical information, this is such a delicious read you won't want to put it down!

susanitat Jan 26, 2012

amazing book. Everybody should read it!! It gives you a different point of view of what medicine is in reality, a very complex world but human indeed.

Apr 02, 2010

Gawande makes it very clear why medicine is an art, not a science--and how much we still don't know, despite how much we've learned. Highly recommended.


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