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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,880 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Atul Gawande Narrator: William David Griffit Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin Martin | 2/19/2014

    " I actually knew this man's brother and was given this book when it was first published. It has stayed with me all these years! Fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " Fascinating read. I really loved the second section of the book which focused on the mystery aspect. This doctor has a way of making an eye in the surgical world accessible without being overly grotesque in terms of blood and gore for those who have a weaker stomach for those kinds of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzanne Tanner | 2/13/2014

    " I know I only gave it three stars, but it's not because I didn't think this book was awesome. I probably gave it three stars because the medical world really is not my thing, and I just don't want this book hanging out with the ranks of Austin and Dickins and whatnot. But rest assured, this was a fascinating book, and I will recommend this book to everyone who's the least bit interested in medicine, as a profession or as a patient. I must admit, the first section where he talks about the fallibility of doctors (especially doctors like residents, that are just learning) was a bit discouraging, but the rest of it was extremely interesting. I especially liked the chapter on pain. Anyway, it was a great non-fiction read, and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erica | 2/11/2014

    " A fascinating and insightful analysis of the unavoidable trial & error, and plain old mistakes, in the medical profession. Doctors are humans too, and a bad day at work for these folks is devastating. "

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