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									Atul GawandeAtul Gawande
A rock n’ roll loving surgeon who writes for The New Yorker, Atul Gawande has a gift for describing both medical mishaps and awe-inspiring surgical techniques with authoritative ease. Gawande’s gift was recognized when his first collection of essays, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, was nominated for a 2002 National Book Award.

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Atul Gawande
Current Home:
Newton, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 5, 1965
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.A.S., Stanford University, 1987; M.A., Oxford University, 1989; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1995
Rhodes Scholarship, 1987

2002 National Book Award Finalist

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								Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, Author: 
								Atul Gawande.

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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
by Atul Gawande
In an ambitious attempt to portray medicine as a "fundamentally human endeavor,” Gawande -- a Boston surgeon and Harvard Medical School grad -- shares fascinating stories of patients and doctors that take readers behind the scenes of the operating room, where fatal mistakes can occur, and medicine is sometimes faced with the unexplainable.

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Controversy Comments

In response to a question about the controversial theme of medical imperfection in Complications, Gawande told The Atlantic Monthly in May of 2002: "I've been very fearful in writing this book that the response could be quite negative from colleagues. The surprise to me is that it hasn't been. It's been the opposite. And I think the reason why is that these struggles over the uncertainty of medicine and the ways that mistakes occur and trying to avoid them yourself are the daily struggles of every physician."

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								The Lives of a Cell, Author: 
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The Lives of a Cell
by Lewis R. Thomas
When asked by Barnes & about which book has most influenced his life, Gawande named Lewis R. Thomas’s The Lives of a Cell “because it was beautiful and vivid and human and intensely curious about science and the world. And also because it put before me the notion that a person, even a physician, could find a place in public life writing and talking about science and human beings in their many dimensions."

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								A Farewell to Arms, Author: 
								Ernest Hemingway.

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A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway
Among his other favorite books, Gawande mentioned Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms ("one of the great novels of all time; my model of succinct, clear, and also morally inspired writing") and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses ("everything I dislike about writing... put together into a single book of genius. It works. I don’t know why.").

*The Satanic Verses  by Salman Rushdie
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