Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
With the publication of his first book, Complications:
A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande takes his place
in the front rank of medical science writers. In 14 vignettes allotted to
three sections—"Fallibility," "Mystery," and "Uncertainty"—Dr
Gawande exposes individual clinical problems and dissects deeper issues, such
as surgical training and medical errors. His strong, trustworthy voice offers
a coherent and persuasive medical world view.
Gawande has the storyteller's magic: in a few deft strokes, he sketches
a patient, doctor, and illness. In "Education of a Knife," he recalls experiences
as a first-year surgical resident; this first glimpse sets the candid tone
of the book:
Crowell RM. Surgery, Essays. JAMA. 2002;288(14):1781-1782. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1781