Let this author take you into the surgeon’s ampitheatre where he boldly confronts the conflicts and uncertainties of his profession. Why would you want to embark on this journey? Because it is Atul Gawande, MacArthur fellow and New Yorker staff writer, as deft with pen as he is with the scalpel. The chapters just easily unfold as he unflinchingly reveals mistakes that prove deadly, confronts mysterious syndromes, and shares with us the fallibility, mysteries, and uncertainties that he sees every day.
“None surpass Gawande in the ability to create a sense of immediacy, in his power to conjure the reality of the ward, the thrill of the moment-by-moment medical or surgical drama. Complications impresses for its truth and authenticity, virtues that it owes to its author being as much forceful writer as uncompromising chronicler.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Complications is a book about medicine that reads like a thriller. Every subject Atul Gawande touches is probed and dissected and turned inside out with such deftness and feeling and counterintuitive insight that the reader is left breathless.” —Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point
“Gawande’s prose, much like the scalpel he wields, is precise, daring, but never reckless….Much like reading George Orwell, the reader emerges entertained, enlightened, transformed and immensely satisfied.” —Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner