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Rating

9

Qualities

  • Insider's Take
  • Engaging
  • Eye Opening

Recommendation

Physician and New Yorker medical and science writer Atul Gawande’s bestseller offers a series of meditations on and anecdotes about the moral and practical issues surgeons face. Gawande is a perceptive writer with unusual sensitivity toward his patients. His profound sense of responsibility to the field of medicine, to his own development as a doctor and to his patients creates a strong emotional bond with his readers. Gawande’s prose has an astute rhythm. He varies between compelling anecdotes and personal reflection at a pace that holds your attention. His descriptions of how little surgical residents – doctors in their last years of training – know before they start cutting patients open might alarm you, but his calm descriptions of how he gained the knowledge to do well by his patients is fascinating. His eye-opening and often very personal narrative will touch anyone who works in health care, anyone who has to go to a doctor and everyone who wants to be one.

About the Author

Atul Gawande is a medicine and science staff writer for The New Yorker. He also wrote Being Mortal and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

 

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