Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is C. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

The author is Atul Gawande, a surgeon, public health researcher, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Complications features 14 real-life stories that were initially published as a series in The New Yorker and Slate magazine. Atul Gawande was born in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a public health adviser to the Clinton administration prior to pursuing a medical degree.

In 1995, Gawande graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and began his residency while spending the few free moments he had writing about his experiences in the hospital. The stories in Complications range from a woman whose leg is being consumed by flesh-eating bacteria known as necrotizing fasciitis, to a surgeon who leaves an operating instrument in his patient, to a pregnant woman whose morning sickness lasted until the day in which she finally gave birth. Gawande is candid and never shies away from detail, allowing readers to be exposed to the uncensored and brutally honest accounts of surgery.

Gawande is currently a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.[1,2]


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