Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002

Complications by Atul Gawande

Would you trust your life to somebody who was sleep deprived and wacked out on caffeine? On their first day on the job? One day, you probably will. Gawande, a surgical resident, tells you how they feel about it. He tackles eternal questions — like why routine operations go wrong — with the crisp pacing of a good ER episode, and the stories of his patients read like novels in miniature. Everybody who's thinking about becoming a doctor, or even about seeing one, should read this book.