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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is a nonfiction book collection of essays. Gawande wrote this during his general surgery residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and was published in 2002 by Picador. The book is divided into three sections: Fallibility, Mystery, and Uncertainty, all going in depth into the problems physicians may face when practicing a variety of procedures in medicine. Several years ago, Atul Gawande faced a crucial moment in his medical training. The student, who had never operated before, was observing an abdominal procedure when it came time to make the first incision. “The patient was put under, the belly exposed. And then, the nurse handed me the knife,” he recalls with a laugh, reliving the nervous thrill that went through him. “I picked it up and drew it across the skin. It was a lot tougher and springier than I thought it would be, so I had to cut twice. Still, I was exhilarated,” he said. “There is something about the feeling that you are entering a world that others don’t get to see and that slightly sickening feeling of sticking a knife into somebody.” Listen online to free English audiobook "Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science” on our website to experience Atul Gawande’s novel.

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