Complications: Notes from the life of a young surgeon
Complications, written by Atul Gawande, is a work of non-fiction that provides in-depth insights into the field of modern medicine. It presents several true accounts of doctors and patients to explore a form of science that is far from ideal. Every day brings new mysteries to be solved and complex decisions to be made. In a field that is simultaneously objective and deeply humane, ambiguity and limited information raise the stakes even further. Through numerous real life stories, the book explains how mistakes are made, how good surgeons turn bad, and how the perplexing cases are handled. From a case of persistent nausea, to one of inexplicable and debilitating back pain, the book lays bare the uncertainties in the realm of modern medicine. It was published in 2002. It has since been published in more than a hundred countries. It was also in the running for the National Book Award, which is an annual literary award in the U.S.
Atul Gawande is an American surgeon and journalist. He is well-known as an expert in increasing safety and efficiency in surgical procedures. He was born on November 5, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated in 1987 from Stanford University. He later graduated from Harvard Medical School. He has a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was also a Rhodes scholar. He has won several awards for his contributions to the field of medicine. Gawande’s books include Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto. He currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.