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Thought-provoking and rivetting,
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This review is from: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Hardcover)What I particularly like about the book is that it goes beyond giving a slightly morbid peek into the medical world, and really involves you by raising all sorts of dilemmas and social issues that affect us all.
Do I want a novice surgeon operating on my child - certainly not. Do I want expert surgeons to be around when my daughter grows up - certainly do! So, who do I want them to learn on - someone elses child, the elderly or homeless??
What about medical negligence issues - if we keep punishing doctors for errors, how does that affect the treatments they're prepared to carry out or indeed the careers they're prepared to follow? Trial and error is an unavoidable part of developing new techniques. So if we want to reduce the number of errors, we have to be prepared to reduce ther level of progress in medecine. Where does that leave us when we're in dire need and only ground-breaking techniques can help?
This is a fascinating and sometimes disturbing book that should be compulsory reading for society as a whole, not just the medically curious.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2012 12:52:26 GMT
I think Doctors should be punished for serious errors and they should not be allowed to practise on patients. There are lots of other ways for surgeons to practise. When they are let loose on real patients they should be adequately monitored. Surely this is a better approach than resigning ourselves to "trial and error" techniques. I do agree with you, however, that this is a fascinating book.
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Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2013 19:58:13 GMT
What other ways are there for surgeons "to practice" genius?
And how do any of these methods preclude the fact that - eventually - the surgeon will have to "practice" on his/her first "real" patient?
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