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.
As a nurse, I don't usually care to read medical stories- I live enough of them. But I assumed this book would be about "complications" of medical care and thought that might be fun. Why would I think that? Anyway, the author does cover a little about complications, but the medical topics are all over the place. I don't disagree with much of what he writes, but the style is a little odd. It's fairly stiff writing, with an occasional burst of "creative" writing as when he describes the pathologist doing an autopsy as having "long sandy brown hair", or the man going for obesity surgery as "deep sad hazel eyes". These touches seems weird and incongruent with the rest of the style. Because I listened to this book, part of the problem might be the reader. He reads as if for someone who is not completely fluent in English, over articulating words and speaking unnaturally slow and in a monotone voice.
I still would recommend this abridged version to those who want some insight into the world of physicians-- but not to those looking for the drama of some juicy medical complications.
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.
Have you ever left the doctors office feeling you did not get what you paid for? I felt that exact feeling at the end of this book.
I just might recommend old Ben Casey episodes.
What a disappointment.
It's disturbing to realize that doctors are usually guessing when they diagnose and treat a patient. According to Dr. Gawande, whether you leave the operating room alive depends more on luck than on the skill of the doc. who's cutting you open. I'm not sure how doctors justify their exhorbitant fees or enormous egos if all they are doing half the time is spitballing. I've had loved ones in the ICU who nearly died because a doctor made an unlucky guess, and listening to this audiobok didn't improve my already jaundiced opinion of the medical profession. As a collection of horror stories "Complications" is mildly interesting, but is bogged down in tiresome detail and medical jargon. The reader has a pleasant voice but lacks conviction in his delivery and tends to drone on and on in a monotone.
It should be called complications because of his lack of writing style. He's all over the place. Some intresting history in it but that's about all.