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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Complications

Books #29 of my '07 reading list was Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science.

Complications is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the medical industry and life in the OR. Gawande provides us with the humbling reminder that doctors are human and that despite of all of the advances in technology a lot of medicine is still done by gut feel. By lifting the veil and exposing the state-of-the-art science with all its beauty and flaws, Gawande is able to create an interesting dialog that's sure to leave you thinking.

Atul Gawande's site
Excerpt

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