complications: a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science by atul gawande

★ ★ ★ ★

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon who is very well-known in his field and has written many books on his science. Complications is the first book I had read by a surgeon for leisure, and remains the most in-depth, philosophical one so far. Gawande approaches medicine from a critical view, analysing cases and aspects of medicine that I had not yet thought to question, while keeping his scientific integrity throughout.

In Complications, Gawande presents true stories from his career, offering his point of view from behind the scalpel, and other personal notes throughout. It might sound cliche, but one of the biggest things I took from this book was being able to see a surgeon as just another person, who makes mistakes, and still goes home to their family at night. Like people, surgeons make mistakes, and their choices aren't always the right one.

The philosophy student in me loved this book, and while it was quite dense, having its slow moments, and took me a little longer to read, many of the messages have stuck with me, which I think is a good indicator of a great read.

Reviewed by: @malireads
Sydney, Australia


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