Complications

A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651240

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

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The international bestseller from the author of Being Mortal In these gripping accounts of true cases, bestselling author Atul Gawande performs exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealised form, but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing and profoundly human. This is a stunningly well-written account of the life of a surgeon: what it is like to cut into people's bodies and the terrifying - literally life and death - decisions that have to be made: operations that go wrong; of doctors who go to the bad; why autopsies are necessary; what it feels like to insert your knife into someone. 'Written as tautly as a thriller' Observer
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Complications

A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1846681324

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 269

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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.
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Complications

Notes from the Life of a Young Surgeon

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143028451

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 251

View: 1909

Autobiography of Atul Gawande, a surgeon in United States of America; this personal narrative exposes surgery of its follies to the extent it is human as it is idealised science.
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Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651232

Category: Medical

Page: 293

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The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. His vivid stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to a polio outbreak in India and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand-washing. Finally, he gives a brutally honest insight into life as a practising surgeon. Unflinching but compassionate, Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and their progression from good to great provides a detailed blueprint for success that can be used by everyone.
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Checklist Manifesto, The (HB)

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 0670084409

Category:

Page: 224

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We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies-neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference.
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Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781410478122

Category: Medical

Page: 424

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. By the author of The Checklist Manifesto. (social science).
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The Mysteries Within

A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body

Author: Sherwin B. Nuland

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684854878

Category: Medical

Page: 286

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A respected doctor offers a discussion of the traditions and folklore of medicine, focusing on the effort to understand the human body, and including anecdotes from his own medical career.
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How Doctors Think

Author: Jerome Groopman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547348636

Category: Medical

Page: 320

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On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong -- with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopman pinpoints the forces and thought processes behind the decisions doctors make. Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can -- with our help -- avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. This book is the first to describe in detail the warning signs of erroneous medical thinking and reveal how new technologies may actually hinder accurate diagnoses. How Doctors Think offers direct, intelligent questions patients can ask their doctors to help them get back on track. Groopman draws on a wealth of research, extensive interviews with some of the country’s best doctors, and his own experiences as a doctor and as a patient. He has learned many of the lessons in this book the hard way, from his own mistakes and from errors his doctors made in treating his own debilitating medical problems. How Doctors Think reveals a profound new view of twenty-first-century medical practice, giving doctors and patients the vital information they need to make better judgments together.
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Every Patient Tells a Story

Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

Author: Lisa Sanders

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0767922476

Category: Medical

Page: 276

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A Yale School of Medicine physician, columnist for "Diagnosis," and technical advisor for the television show House shares the experiences of doctors facing complex medical mysteries in order to illustrate the art and science of diagnosis. Reprint. A New York Times extended-list bestseller.
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Matters of Life and Death

Key Writings

Author: Iona Heath

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing

ISBN: 1846190967

Category: Medical

Page: 126

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Presenting two extended essays concerning the role of the healthcare professional in the care of the dying, the idea of life and death, and the essential nature of general practice, the author draws on her experience as a general practitioner to select and comment on a collection of passages concerning death and dying. Matters of Life and Death offers inspiration for all doctors, especially those with an interest in medical humanities. It will also be of great interest to general readers interested in end of life matters, and the nature and art of medicine.
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Paris to the Moon

Author: Adam Gopnik

Publisher: Quercus Books

ISBN: 1743346069

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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The finest book on France in recent years - Alain de Botton, New York Times Book ReviewA conscientious, scrupulously savvy American husband and father meets contemporary France, and fireworks result, lighting up not just the Eiffel Tower - John Updike
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Confessions of a Surgeon

The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors

Author: Paul A. Ruggieri M.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101554045

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.
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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine

Revised Edition

Author: James Le Fanu M.D.,James Fanu

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465058892

Category: Medical

Page: 608

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The medical achievements of the post-war years rank as one of the supreme epochs of human endeavour. Advances in surgical technique, new ideas about the nature of disease and huge innovations in drug manufacture vanquished most common causes of early death, But, since the mid-1970s the rate of development has slowed, and the future of medicine is uncertain. How has this happened? James Le Fanu's hugely acclaimed survey of the 'twelve definitive moments' of modern medicine and the intellectual vacuum which followed them has been fully revised and updated for this edition. "The rise and fall of modern medicine" is both riveting drama and a clarion call for change.
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The Best American Science Writing 2006

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006072644X

Category: Science

Page: 384

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Together these twenty-one articles on a wide range of today's most leading topics in science, from Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Weiner, and Richard Preston, among others, represent the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, proving once again that "good science writing is evidently plentiful" (American Scientist).
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My Own Country

A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS

Author: Abraham Verghese

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476760462

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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The memoir and first book from the author of the beloved New York Times bestseller Cutting for Stone. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, a crisis that had once seemed an “urban problem” had arrived in the town to stay. Working in Johnson City was Abraham Verghese, a young Indian doctor specializing in infectious diseases. Dr. Verghese became by necessity the local AIDS expert, soon besieged by a shocking number of male and female patients whose stories came to occupy his mind, and even take over his life. Verghese brought a singular perspective to Johnson City: as a doctor unique in his abilities; as an outsider who could talk to people suspicious of local practitioners; above all, as a writer of grace and compassion who saw that what was happening in this conservative community was both a medical and a spiritual emergency. Out of his experience comes a startling but ultimately uplifting portrait of the American heartland as it confronts—and surmounts—its deepest prejudices and fears.
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House of Rain

Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest

Author: Craig Childs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759518572

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 1960

The greatest "unsolved mystery" of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today's southwestern New Mexico) and built what has been called the Las Vegas of its day, a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. The Anasazis' accomplishments - in agriculture, in art, in commerce, in architecture, and in engineering - were astounding, rivaling those of the Mayans in distant Central America. By the thirteenth century, however, the Anasazi were gone from Chaco. Vanished. What was it that brought about the rapid collapse of their civilization? Was it drought? pestilence? war? forced migration? mass murder or suicide? For many years conflicting theories have abounded. Craig Childs draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as on a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the most forbidding landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.
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The Book of Blood

From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

Author: HP Newquist

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547822693

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Winner of the Magnolia Award HP Newquist takes young readers on an engaging tour of the world of blood, from ancient history to modern science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of the most important tissue in our bodies. Oddly enough, scientists began to understand this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic components nourish the entire body. Whether the tales of vampires, medieval medical practices, and Mayan sacrificial rites captivate or terrify, this comprehensive investigation into blood’s past and present will surely enthrall. And if this account is a little bloodcurdling, well, that’s half the fun!
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The Making of a Surgeon in the 21st Century

Author: Craig A. Miller

Publisher: Blue Dolphin Pub

ISBN: 9781577332282

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

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A highly personalized description of one individual's experiences during a five-year residency in general surgery at a major university hospital, this work describes the personal challenges and rewards, the drama of triumph and tragedy, the agony of indecision, and the thrill of success.
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A Surgeon in the Village

An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa

Author: Tony Bartelme,Catharina Hoek-Ellegala

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807044881

Category: MEDICAL

Page: 288

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By 2006, Dilan Ellegala, an accomplished neurosurgeon, had reached the highest rungs of the American medical establishment. But he was on the verge of burning out. In search of personal restoration, he took a sabbatical at a remote missionary hospital in Haydom, Tanzania. While there, he discovered a medical world entirely different from the one he knew: Tanzania had just three neurosurgeons in a country with a population of 43 million. During his stay, he met Emmanuel Mayegga, an assistant medical officer. Though Mayegga had no medical degree, Ellegala realized that Mayegga had the dexterity, intelligence, and confidence to be a great surgeon. Dr. Ellegala began training Mayegga to perform brain-surgery procedures, giving him the tools to become an agent of change in his own country. In his turn, Mayegga trained another young health-care worker, Emanuel Nuwas, to save lives with neurosurgical procedures. Nuwas himself would go on to train Hayte Samo. Since that first trip, Dr. Ellegala has solidified his "train-forward" philosophy into the NGO Madaktari (Swahili for "doctors")--a group that sends hundreds of doctors around the world to serve as mentors and to create a sustainable new model for global health. Dilan's story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue--the shortage of surgeons. As many as 17 million people die every year because of this gap, more than die from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.
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Internal Medicine

A Doctor's Stories

Author: Terrence Holt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781631490873

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The author of In the Valley of the Kings presents nine essays from a doctor's residency—from a life-and-death effort to keep an oxygen mask on a claustrophobic patient to a nightmarish struggle to convince a man he has cancer to the lounge of a snowbound hospital where doctors swap yarns through the night. 15,000 first printing.
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