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The Resource Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, Atul Gawande

Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, Atul Gawande

Label
Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science
Title
Complications
Title remainder
a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science
Statement of responsibility
Atul Gawande
Title variation
Complications
Title variation remainder
a surgeons notes on an imperfect science
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Drawing from compelling true accounts of patients and doctors, a provocative examination of the power and limits of modern medicine reveals a world where science is uncertain, information is limited, and deadly mistakes occur. 60,000 first printing
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2003.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2002
Biography type
autobiography
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155518
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gawande, Atul
Dewey number
  • 617.092
  • 920
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gawande, Atul
  • Surgeons
  • Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Medical Errors
  • Chirurg
Target audience
adult
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a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science
Label
Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, Atul Gawande
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Several of these pieces have appeared, in slightly different form, in the New Yorker and Slate"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Crimson tide
  • Man who couldn't stop eating
  • Uncertainty: Final cut
  • Dead baby mystery
  • Whose body is it anyway?
  • Case of the red leg
  • Fallibility: Education of a knife
  • Computer and the hernia factory
  • When doctors make mistakes
  • Nine thousand surgeons
  • When good doctors go bad
  • Mystery: Full moon Friday the thirteenth
  • Pain perplex
  • Queasy feeling
Control code
ocm48383609
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 269 pages
Isbn
9780805063196
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2001055884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)48383609
Label
Complications : a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science, Atul Gawande
Publication
Note
"Several of these pieces have appeared, in slightly different form, in the New Yorker and Slate"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Crimson tide
  • Man who couldn't stop eating
  • Uncertainty: Final cut
  • Dead baby mystery
  • Whose body is it anyway?
  • Case of the red leg
  • Fallibility: Education of a knife
  • Computer and the hernia factory
  • When doctors make mistakes
  • Nine thousand surgeons
  • When good doctors go bad
  • Mystery: Full moon Friday the thirteenth
  • Pain perplex
  • Queasy feeling
Control code
ocm48383609
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 269 pages
Isbn
9780805063196
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2001055884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)48383609

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