Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH (Book Review)

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Dr. Atul Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also a frequent columnist for The New Yorker magazine. He is also an author of many books which throw light on subjects which are not taught in medical school and are also not covered by medical subject books. Some of the books authored by him are:

  1. The Checklist Manifesto : How to Get Things Right
  2. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  3. Better: A Surgeon’S Notes On Performance
  4. Complications : Notes from the Life of a Young Surgeon

In this post we will review his books called “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science”

In his book, Atul Gawande performs surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science that is complicated, perplexing and profoundly human. Dramatic true stories explore how mistakes occur, why good surgeons go bad, and what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain but no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won’t go away; a TV newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job.

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. This book is elegantly simple to read with practical teaching points for budding surgeons and physicians alike.

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
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This book forms an important and formative reading a medical student must do outside the prescribed requirements for a degree. It is also equally valuable to qualified practitioners and medical professionals.

Also laid out clearly and concisely, are well-established potholes and pitfalls in current medical and thinking and practice. He also throws light on patients expectations and behavioural aspects in case of surgical complications.

It begins with a bullet wound in a young man’s buttock and ends with a woman whose leg is almost destroyed by Necrotizing fascitis. It documents messy tracheotomies, a stomach-stapling operation on an obese man and a surgical procedure to help a woman who cannot stop blushing. Atul Gawande’s account of a trainee surgeon’s career has been a bestseller in the US

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.

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