Complications A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

ISBN-10: 0805063196
ISBN-13: 9780805063196
Edition: 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Atul Gawande
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/4/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

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.

Atul Gawande is a surgical resident in Boston and staff writer on medicine and science for The New Yorker. A former Rhodes scholar, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.

Author's Note
Introduction
Fallibility
Education of a Knife
The Computer and the Hernia Factory
When Doctors Make Mistakes
Nine Thousand Surgeons
When Good Doctors Go Bad
Mystery
Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth
The Pain Perplex
A Queasy Feeling
Crimson Tide
The Man Who Couldn't Stop Eating
Uncertainty
Final Cut
The Dead Baby Mystery
Whose Body Is It, Anyway?
The Case of the Red Leg
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments

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