Book #21 – Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes On An Imperfect Science

By Atul Gawande


Gawande succeeds at conveying the art that is medicine (that is much of science, really), the combination of knowledge, past experience and plain old gut feeling that goes into any decision. It’s worth reading just to get a better understanding of how people learn to be doctors — information which might be a little startling if you don’t already have a pretty good idea about it, or at least strong suspicions.

Complications is a combination of anecdote, self-reflection and critical commentary, and it works. Worth a read.