Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

by Atul Gawande (Author)


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.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published: 17 Oct 2002

ISBN 10: 1861974132
ISBN 13: 9781861974136

Media Reviews
'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 captures the wonder and fearful responsibility that come with cutting people open in the hope of making them whole again.' Bill Bryson 'Complications is a book about medicine that reads like a thriller. Every subject Gawunde touches is probed and dissected and turned inside out with such deftness and feeling that the reader is left breathless.' Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point. 'Gawunde draws you in with the story but leaves you wiser about science, about health, and even about the human condition.' Michael Kinsley
Author Bio
Atul Gawande is a staff writer on The New Yorker; was an adviser to President Clinton on American health policies; teaches surgery at Harvard Medical School; and uses his knife and scalpel in Boston hospitals. He has lectured in the UK and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He is married with three children.