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

Complications by Atul Gawande
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Jun 13, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: paperback
Read from June 14, 2012 to September 28, 2013

Uncertainty. "I don't know". Not what we want to hear from our doctors. Dr. Gawande's book is all about giving us a few insights into the complex world of medicine that the western world practices.

It was a fascinating read for me, as it brought out quite clearly the failings of human decision making... Knowledge n experience are useful, but not sufficient by themselves. Somehow, decisions need to be made, with partial information, and in a hurry too. And then one has to live and learn from the consequences too.

Now, who said that a doctor's life was easy?

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Reading Progress

06/16/2012 page 35
13.0% "See one, Do one, Teach one..."
07/07/2012 page 96
36.0% "We are all after all in the hands of a flawed human being"
08/19/2012 page 119
44.0% "And so a compassionate approach towards chronic pain means investigating its social coordinates, not just the physical ones. For the solution to chronic pain may lie more in what goes on around us than in what is going on inside us..."
09/21/2013 page 150
55.0% "To blush or not to blush...what would you want it to be"
09/23/2013 page 172
63.0% "To be able to control what you have to eat and how much...now that's what I need to do"
09/27/2013 page 189
70.0% "Autopsy... a dreaded word. Wonder how surgeons deal with it in India?"
09/28/2013 marked as: read
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