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.
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.
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.