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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7365.663/a (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:663
  1. Sanjay A Pai (s_pai@vsnl.com), consultant pathologist
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

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    Atul Gawande

    Metropolitan Books, $24, pp 288

    ISBN 080 506 3196

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    Complications is a collection of essays about doubt and uncertainty in medicine. As well as being a surgeon, Atul Gawande is a staff writer on medicine and science at The New Yorker, and some of the essays in this volume have appeared before. For example, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” which is a frank account of what often happens “behind the scenes,” was included in a collection of the “best American science and nature writing 2000,” …

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