Trin's Reviews > Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications by Atul Gawande
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Jul 30, 07

bookshelves: science, biography, american-lit
Read in July, 2007

Another of Sab's recs, this is a fantastic account by a surgeon in the last year of his residency. Gawande blends discussion of interesting and curious cases with thoughts on both ethical and technical issues facing doctors today, and makes it all immanently readable—I was never, not once, confused by jargon or technical terms. Gawande is thoughtful and compassionate, and willing to recognize faults both in his profession and in himself. If you're at all interested in medicine, or enjoy watching Scrubs or House or any of those shows, this is really well worth checking out.
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