This is a fabulous book for anyone with an interest in medicine. I greatly admire Dr. Gawande's candor in providing this fascinating, behind the scenes account of doctors and patients. I listen to books when I drive and there were a number of evenings when I just sat in my driveway because I couldn't put this book down.
My only criticism is not about the story but the Audible.com use of random music throughout. There is annoying piano music at various places - not apparently tied to new topic areas or chapters. I found it distracting and irritating.
It provided a whole different perspective to the idea of a Dr. They are just a working stiff like the rest of us and they can screw up. And they can succeed at amazing things. Interesting take and the stories were great.
Dr. Gawande shares personal stories while weaving in details about medicine that are gripping.
Make it longer! I was shocked when it ended so soon.
A surgeon's notes on an imperfect sceince.
Really some interesting and revealing stories as well as information. I have discussed this book several times since I listened to it.
Haven't read print version.
This was a thoughtful book about risk, patient choice, and the practice of medicine. I found both the first and last 3rds of the book very good, while there was a section in the middle that was less interesting for me. Overall a v. good listen.
I enjoyed this book very much. It gave me an insight into the world of medicine - was well written and read. I've recommended the book to several friends, which I don't do as a rule.
If you have an interest in understanding how doctors think and work - this is a very good book.
A very insightful view from the perspective of a surgeon. The real-life stories were interesting, and he makes some good points about inherent problems in the medical field.
LOVED this book- the writing, the narration, everything except the fact that it was abridged.
Arrgh! Why? As an audio reader, I want the whole thing. The whole, entire book, please!
I appreciate your frankness while describing your mistakes. This book is filled with beautiful nuances and has made me think deeply about my priorities as a Medical Doctor.
Got thru it but my heart was racing. Atul does a great job of pulling the listener right into the medical events and procedures... pretty darn cool when someone can do that.. Kept me asking for the Unabridged version.