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Complications - A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R119
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Complications - A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Paperback, New edition): Atul Gawande
Complications - A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Paperback, New edition): Atul Gawande

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Complications - A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Paperback, New edition)

Atul Gawande

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A good surgeon needs a steady hand, an encyclopaedic knowledge of whatever bits of body he is about to cut into - and a poker face. The last of those qualities is as important as the first two. While the doctor might doubt his ability to do any good, or even have a clue about what he ought to be doing, he must never let the patient or other medical staff sense the slightest uncertainty in his mind. One of the first things Gawande learned on graduating from medical school was that the best surgeons must be able to bluff big time. In this, his first book, the former medical-policy adviser to President Bill Clinton has compiled a series of case studies and incidents that show the numerous highs and lows of a surgeon's life. Some of them are sad, some are heartwarming. A few are hilarious, such as the case of the vanishing bullet, and the learned debate over hernias. But most of all Gawande shows that surgeons are as human and imperfect as their patients. Theirs is a profession where mistakes can literally be deadly, and which requires them to weigh odds before deciding whether or not to wield the scalpel. Many operations go wrong - lots of examples are contained here. Others succeed against almost overwhelming odds, sometimes due to the surgeon's audacity. All too often, good doctors eventually suffer mental collapse due to years of pressure. Gawande comes across as a likeable, humble man with an engaging style. He lets us into the secrets of the operating theatre without trying to glamorise those who work there but without demonising them either. Through him we learn as much about psychology as about surgical technique, and find that even the most po-faced surgeons really do care. At the same time they remain uncomfortably aware that in the background are families ready to acclaim them if they bring off a miracle, and to call in the lawyers if they don't. (Kirkus UK)
This is an account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made. There are accounts of operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone.


Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 2003
Authors: Atul Gawande
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - B-format / B-format
Pages: 288
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-86197-498-3
Barcode: 9781861974983
Categories: Books > Medicine > General issues
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LSN: 1-86197-498-1

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