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: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science is a nonfiction book collection of essays written by the American surgeon Atul Gawande. Gawande. Atul Gawande’s training began with a bullet wound and ended with a flesh-eating He reports back from the medical front line in Complications.

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Patients are h Not quite a 4 star read, but close enough. The New York Times. The ethical dilemma that arises from the autonomy of patients versus the patriarchy of the doctors is also discussed in Gawandd To ask other readers questions about Complicationsplease sign up.

Books by Atul Gawande. But such hard and fast rule seems ill-suited both to a caring relationships between docotr and patient and to the reality of medical care, where a hunderred decisions have to be made quickly The present compliaction is offering one more.

Return to Book Page. Some fallibility arises from there being a learning curve. The student, who had never operated before, was observing an abdominal procedure when it came time to make the first incision. If doctors will ignore the James Burts of the world, then how can we expect them to turn in the hypothetical illustrious but senile cardiologist?

But overall, I did enjoy it. Gawande, please email atul atulgawande. Patients have become more pro-active in their desire for decision-making ability, but they are much more ambivalent about actually exercising it.


There are no clear mechanisms to sanction physicians when they are past their prime and start killing patients. Please try again later. The ethical question that arises from this situation is should the patient have full gadande over their body regardless of their lesser knowledge when compared to physicians that could possibly save their lives?

A surgeon opens his heart (well, almost)

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I can give some of the things that popped out at me the most 1. Admittedly, some of his information scared me.

It is the final way to get rid of uncertainty.

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

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Different formatting would have made the book more of a page turner, and it would probably have made me actually want to continue to read it. Gawande reports on one doctor who became so careless that he was no longer allowed to practice.

His hesitation, he admits now, nearly cost the patient her life. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it xomplication second life.

The sheer fallibility of them, the different things that can go wrong, which aren’t in anyone’s control. Much like comp,ication George Orwell, the reader emerges entertained, enlightened, transformed and immensely satisfied. An overarching theme in the book is an idea of what makes a good surgeon; Gawande points out that it’s not about innate talent.

Share your thoughts with other customers. A few things about it seemed somewhat dated. And how responsible are these doctors for their mistakes? From diagnosing even though we couldn’t “diagnose” as Line Corpsmen Gawande’s purpose in writing this book was certainly not to glorify doctors, but it was also not to belittle them in any way. He treats them like data points. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Want to Read saving….



Gawande does not address it directly but the book’s underlying thesis – that as medicine becomes more sophisticated, the human body remains stubbornly mysterious – may go some way towards explaining it. After I’d read it I couldn’t stop talking about it, and convinced one of my F2F book clubs to read it in July Rather, Gawande asserts, it is meant to deepen our understanding of the coplication of medicine.

I will say that his musings on patient autonomy are truly disgusting though he thinks we should replace the autonomy principle with a concept of ‘kindness’ because paternalism is not the enemy, what the everlasting fuck and show that he doesn’t understand the concept of patient autonomy or the emergency exception doctrine I only know about it through canadian law but I’m sure Americans must have the same thing. Also, some of his writing made me squeemish.