Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

4.2 145
by Atul Gawande
     
 

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

See more details below

Overview

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.

Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805063196
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
337,993
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note1
Introduction3
Pt. IFallibility
Education of a Knife11
The Computer and the Hernia Factory35
When Doctors Make Mistakes47
Nine Thousand Surgeons75
When Good Doctors Go Bad88
Pt. IIMystery
Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth109
The Pain Perplex115
A Queasy Feeling130
Crimson Tide146
The Man Who Couldn't Stop Eating162
Pt. IIIUncertainty
Final Cut187
The Dead Baby Mystery202
Whose Body Is It, Anyway?208
The Case of the Red Leg228
Notes on Sources253
Acknowledgments265

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >