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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science.

Gawande A. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books; 2002. ISBN: 9780805063196.

In Complications, Gawande reprises and builds on a series of feature articles, several written for the New Yorker during his surgical residency at Harvard, exploring the imperfect science of medicine. Part I, Fallibility, explores several patient safety issues. Part II, Mysteries, presents a series of remarkable cases that perplex even the most seasoned clinicians. Lastly, Uncertainty explores the common situations in medicine in which even highly trained physicians are required to act with imperfect knowledge. Written for both practitioners and patients, Complications effectively opens up the fascinating, previously hidden world of surgery to its readers.