Complications : The Natural World Based On Facts Learned Through Experiments And Observation

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Complications Joshua Vermeylen Science by definition is “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.” (Science - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Science is continually searching for answers, a work in progress in other words, where unrequited questions are considered adequate and conducting tests is praised. In medicine, utilizing living organisms, things are very different. We look for artists that are skilled with the knife. We continually look for doctors/surgeons to be flawlessly skilled and educated, and for the medical practice to be an unquestionable correctness in procedure and knowledge without questions. In Complications: A surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, American surgeon Atul Gawande discusses a different side of medicine that we as a society choose not to confront. Atul explains his reasoning 's through personal experience, full of “constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time, lives on the line”. (Gawande, 2002) The “moments where medicine actually happens” (Gawande, 2002) is mix of education, science, instinct and chance. The book touches on everyday medical issues that we, as medical professionals, have accepted as a norm. Atul discusses his personal experiences and questions his own profession which, personally, can only better you more in your profession. “No matter what

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