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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (original 2002; edição 2003)

por Atul Gawande (Autor)

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A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. 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 and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us 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 offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Autores:Atul Gawande (Autor)
Informação:Picador (2003), Edition: 1st, 269 pages
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He is a really good writer and a compassionate, self-aware, doctor. I want to read more of his books now. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
A surgeon's journal, Complications is riveting, frightening, and fascinating. Dr. Gawande is honest, more so than perhaps he should be, but it makes for fascinating reading.

The premise of the book is that medicine is far less the science patients suppose it to be. While surgeons are highly trained, a disturbing amount of intuition and guesswork is involved. And newbie cutters have to learn on someone, and those patients usually aren't informed of the fact they'll be a surgeon's first solo patient. And if this deception didn't occur, there would simply be no new surgeons trained.

The three sections of the book are titled Fallibility, Mystery, and Uncertainty. I'm hoping even more than before I read this that I never need to worry about any of this first-hand. ( )
  neilneil | Dec 7, 2020 |
The necrotizing fasciiitis case was a great ending. ( )
1 vote nicdevera | Oct 1, 2020 |
Read for Class Etc Book Club
  Elizabeth80 | Mar 30, 2020 |
What’s The Point?
As a computer engineer of sorts, science and related engineering fields interest me. The book offers anecdotes from several different fields of medicine, explaining some of the science behind the field and the sometimes the utter lack therefore. Doctors are humans and humans are imperfect, but oftentimes, it seems like doctors do not want to improve and do not or can not look objectively at themselves. This book helps to explain how doctors can get there and does it a funny interesting manner.

How Was It?
Great, quick, read that is well organized, researched, covers historical elements of medicine, and very human all at the same time.

Who Should Read It?
Anyone interested in learning more about the science of medicine and learning how doctors exist. ( )
  askedrelic | Aug 31, 2019 |
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A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. 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 and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us 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 offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. 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.

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