gawande drew me into the book by taking me into his terrifying moments as a resident, trying to put in a central line - and kept me along for the journey as he developed into a reflective physician. i loved this book.
at first i thought it was more of a memoir, but although the author uses his own experience as a jumping point, it is not a story of his life. instead, later chapters profile patients that made an impact or had a rare problem. he gives you their story from start to finish, interviewing those involved and following up after their hospital visit. i felt like a had a new window into the life of surgery, autopsies, malpractice litigation and even blushing!
if you have any interest in the medical field, you won't be disappointed!