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Complications - A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science-logo

Complications - A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

Atul Gawande

A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This audio is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This audio is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
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A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This audio is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human. Atul Gawande offers an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge, where science is ambiguous, information is limited, the stakes are high, yet decisions must be made. In dramatic and revealing stories of patients and doctors, he explores how deadly mistakes occur and why good surgeons go bad. He also shows us what happens when medicine comes up against the inexplicable: an architect with incapacitating back pain for which there is no physical cause; a young woman with nausea that won't go away; a television newscaster whose blushing is so severe that she cannot do her job. Gawande offers a richly detailed portrait of the people and the science, even as he tackles the paradoxes and imperfections inherent in caring for human lives. At once tough-minded and humane, Complications is a new kind of medical writing, nuanced and lucid, unafraid to confront the conflicts and uncertainties that lie at the heart of modern medicine, yet always alive to the possibilities of wisdom in this extraordinary endeavor. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William David Griffith

Length:

7h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:52


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:11


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:59


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:37


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:46


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:07


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:36


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:42


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:11


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:53


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:01


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:53


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:00


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:51


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:17


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:58


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:58


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:07


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:12


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:13


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:04


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:17


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:26


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:07


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:17


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:14


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:21


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:58


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

02:16


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:54


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:19


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:56


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:53


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:21


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:41


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:35


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:10


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:55


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:20


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:06


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:36


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:24


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

02:49


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:29


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:04


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:04