Complications: Notes from the Life of a Young Surgeon

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Autobiography of Atul Gawande, a surgeon in United States of America; this personal narrative exposes surgery of its follies to the extent it is human as it is idealised science.

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Gently dismantling the myth of medical infallibility, Dr. Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Medical professionals make mistakes, learn on the job, and improvise much of their technique and self-confidence. Gawande's tales are humane and passionate reminders that doctors are people, too. His prose is thoughtful and deeply engaging, shifting from sometimes painful stories of suffering patients (including his own child) to intriguing suggestions for improving medicine with the same care he expresses in the surgical theater. Some of his ideas will make health care providers nervous or even angry, but his disarming style, confessional tone, and thoughtful arguments should win over most readers. Complications is a book with heart and an excellent bedside manner, celebrating rather than berating doctors for being merely human. --Rob Lightner

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Atul Gawande he 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.

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