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Complications : A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
by Atul Gawande


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312421700
  • ISBN-10: 0312421702
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: April 2003
  • Page Count: 288


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Books > Medical > Essays
Books > Medical > Surgery - General

 
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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

This engaging collection of essays, written by Gawande, who is a former Rhodes scholar, a surgeon and a staff writer for The New Yorker, explores the world of modern medicine, taking readers behind the scenes of one of America's biggest industries. The author's personal accounts of risky surgical procedures—including treatment of morbid obesity—the newest medical innovations and the dangers of misdiagnosis deliver the challenges of a physician's career to readers with wonderful drama and detail. In Gawande's hands, the arcane world of medicine is finally made accessible. By turns confessional, comic and frightening, this collection was a 2002 National Book Award finalist and a bestseller in hardcover.

 
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