Book #8: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande
Medicine is a unique profession. It is equal parts art, science and technology. Some patients practically read the textbooks and others simply defy the odds requiring careful sleuthing and continual study. And for all the progress the last century has brought to the practice of medicine, there are still limits to what physicians can do. Voltaire once said, “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the diseases.” For all the pomp in the tradition of medicine, physicians are continually humbled by the intricacy and complexity of caring for the human body. In this book, Atul Gawande shares his experience as a surgical resident and explores both the art and science of medicine. It is a must read for both physicians and patients.