Sunday, August 23, 2009

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

This book is about all the things that can go wrong in a hospital.

How does a surgical resident really learn his trade? Why, on his first patient!! Scary, definitely!!. The patient does not have control over this but can only hope that it goes right. It does make sense but it is still very alarming.

Atul Gawande has been very courageous in writing a tell-all book about the deficiencies of the system. Moreover, it does correct the doctor as 'god' idea. Doctors do make mistakes, they do experience burn out and some just are bad doctors.

It was interesting that he mentioned a specialized hernia hospital here in Toronto. I did not know that it was so well known.

Some of the other conditions mentioned were also fascinating: blushing too much, back pain with no physical reason, SIDs.

One little warning: do not read this book if you are close to going into the hospital for a procedure.

First Line: "I was once on trauma duty when a young man about twenty years old was rolled in, shot in the buttock."



1 comment:

Jeane said...

I read a book once all about an intern's first year in a hospital. It was really eye-opening. I think I'd be scared to read this one, if I thought I was going into the hospital any time soon.