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Complications Audiobook

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur, why good surgeons go bad. He shows what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande also ponders the human factor that makes saving lives possible.

At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor.

©2002 Atul Gawande (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Gawande's sharp eye, crisp prose, and insightful understanding make his book as enjoyable as it is edifying." (Los Angeles Times )
"Diagnosis: riveting." (Time)
"These exquisitely crafted essays, in which medical subjects segue into explorations of much larger themes, place Gawande among the best in the field." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Denice Strickland WICHITA, KS, US 06-15-17
    Denice Strickland WICHITA, KS, US 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "jaw dropping"

    Another A+ book! alot going on to always keep you interested and excited to keep going!

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    Ehren W. 06-14-17
    Ehren W. 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "informational with what being a doctor takes."

    great book! it is reassuring that I am on the right path. did not want to stop listening.

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    Michael S. Stephens 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought provoking and entertaining"

    Atul Gawande is quickly becoming my favorite author. Even the terrible, cheese-and-piano/filled performance (between the short stories) cannot bring the overall rating down; the author is simply to good a storyteller. Gawande takes a brutally honest and introspective look at medicine and humanity. Simply beautiful.

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    Eventua8 02-10-17
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    "Perfect title for a great book!"

    Captive narration by William Griffith, and an awesome story by the author about medical science and human intuitions from a surgeon's perspective.

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    RCK NDR Roma, Italy 02-09-17
    RCK NDR Roma, Italy 02-09-17 Member Since 2011
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    "interesting. dr. Gawande has good stories to tell."

    Dr. Gawande has good stories to tell and after listing (great reader by the way) one gets more admiration of Doctor's life and understands how difficult it is their work. I think the best is the clear and profound statement that Dr Gawande share with us: medicine requires a person to be humble and open to try and learn!

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    "not his best book but still worth the read"

    his other books are better but this is still worth the read if you like the subject matter.

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    An awesome book; stories very interesting; great insight into the medical world. look forward to reading more of Gawande's work

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    DINGHUIHUA 09-30-16
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    "Everything is great!"

    I love the way the narrator tells the story. And the story is too excited that I stayed late till 2am to listen to it. Thanks to the author and the narrator.

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    Angela 07-31-16
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    If you could sum up Complications in three words, what would they be?

    informative eye-opening must-read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The revelation that doctors are fallible human beings - not super beings. It also highlights the fact that any medical procedure is risky


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    Dan 01-26-16
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    "Incredible insight"

    I will be reading more of Gawande's work. A touching and intimate view on a profession most of us could not empathise with.

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