I have the book in front of me at the moment and I am paging through rereading sections that I noted along the way: "I had come into residency to learn how to be a surgeon. I had thought that meant simply learning the repertoire of move and techniques involved in doing an operation or making a diagnosis. In fact, there was also the new and delicate matter of talking patients through their decisions - something that sometimes entailed its own repertoire of moves and techniques. However, given the audience of this book everyone he does well to treat people about how uncertain medicine really is and how it really comes down to the tricky nature of making decisions and how they should be made in the medical setting: "But the conundrum remains: if both doctors and patients are fallible, who should decide?

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I gaped. It was the idea that a mere person would ever have the confidence to wield that scalpel. I wondered how the surgeon knew that all the steps would go as planned, that bleeding would be controlled and organs would not be injured. Later, I was allowed to make an incision myself. It was, I remember, still warm. I put the blade to the skin and cut. The experience was odd and addictive, mixing exhilaration, anxiety, a righteous faith that operating was somehow beneficial, and the slightly nauseating discovery that it took more force than I realized.

Show More Editorial Reviews None surpass Gawande in the ability to create a sense of immediacy, in his power to conjure the reality of the ward, the thrill of the moment-by-moment medical and surgical drama. Complications impresses for its truth and authenticity, virtues that it owes to its author being as much forceful writer as uncompromising chronicler.

His stories about becoming a surgeon are scary, funny, absorbing Complications is a uniquely soulful book about the science of mending bodies.


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It documents messy tracheotomies, a stomach-stapling operation on an obese man and a surgical procedure to help a woman who cannot stop blushing. One of the most striking features of Complications is the unsparing detail about what happens in the operating theatre. The book is also about split second decisions that could mean life or death and the limits - often unsuspected by the patient - of both doctors and medical science. Human skin, he discovers, is thick and springy and he has to make two attempts to get through.


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Cancel anytime. People who bought this also bought His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. But compared to his fellow residents, Collins felt inadequate and unprepared. Gilford on Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End By: Atul Gawande Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins Unabridged 5 out of 5 stars 10, Performance 5 out of 5 stars 9, Story 5 out of 5 stars 8, In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

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