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Paul

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  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (134)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Controlling the Chaos"
    Overall

    Wonderfully talented writer who captures the essence of the medical experience. I felt like I was an intern again, once again putting in my first central line. I had flashbacks of various complications that I had seen in my training. Both those complications that taught me to be a better physician, and those that were tragic leaving emotional scars.

    The first part of the book where he goes into detail about how malpractice affects physicians and is ineffectual in improving health care should be mandatory reading for all physicians. We will all be sued. It is not a mater of if, but when. Even the most trivial lawsuit has a significant emotional effect on the physician. Somehow the tremendous personal effect of a lawsuit upon a physician is lost among the general population.

    Another wonderful part of the book is the extended follow up that he has with some of the surgical patients.

    My only regret was that this was an abridged version. Still I give it 5 stars.

    I anxiously await the authors next book "Better" that comes out this spring. For more from this author you should read the commencement speech he gave at Harvard Medical School's graduation 2005.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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