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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Atul Gawande

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Medicine: general issues

The inspiration behind the TV smash hit Grey's Anatomy, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science is essential reading for all medical students

The unabridged audiobook of 'Complications' by Atul Gawande.

This is a stunningly well-written 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.

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Praise for Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

  • 'I don't know if Atul Gawande was born to be a surgeon - I very much suspect so - but he was certainly born to write. This wise and exciting account of life as a surgical resident ... perfectly captures the wonder and fearful responsibility that come with cutting people open in the hope of making them whole again.'

  • 'Ever wondered how realistic ER is? Then read Gawande's superb book. The truth, you will find, is far more compelling, though the endings are never as neat ... Gawande makes the scenes far more dramatic than television ever can. He is a first-class writer.' - Scotland on Sunday

  • 'Written as tautly as a thriller.' - The Observer

  • 'Gawande draws you in with the story but leaves you wiser about science, about health, and even about the human condition.'

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