I love good doctors

October 5, 2009

I just finished reading a book called Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. It is written by Atul Gawande who is a surgeon- a very kind and thoughtful surgeon.

published by Picador

published by Picador

The book, to me, is about how the field of medicine is currently really fascinating and advanced, but it’s definitely not perfect and it probably never will be. Doctors are only human, after all, and they will make mistakes. Patients, too, are human, and no two bodies are exactly alike which makes it nearly impossible to generalize about diseases and symptoms and how to treat them. But doctors, surgeons, and scientists perform this imperfected (that’s not a real word!) work anyway because they have to. Somebody has to. And they should. And the really good ones try to do it with compassion, focus and confidence, even sometimes intuition.

We expect doctors to be better than human; I especially had this tendency growing up with my dad as a doctor. But, often, they are just doing the best they can with the available resources, knowledge, and technology, all of which are nowhere near complete.

Anyway, I recommend it!

Health and happiness,



4 Responses to “I love good doctors”

  1. beamish Says:

    fantastic piece, spring. thanks for the recommendation.

    i agree with you that the talented doctors try to do their work with compassion, focus and confidence, even sometimes intuition.” i know doctors are trained to be detached, impersonal, absolutely confident, and objective, but when they bypass some of that anti-human training and go for the personal touch, considering the patient’s lifestyle and emotional/mental health as well as their physical health (or lack of), then doctors are so much more effective. thanks to all the good doctors and vets in our lives!

  2. Courtney Says:

    Look at you, you reader! 😉

  3. beamish Says:

    thanks especially to dr. bremer and his crew at oneta animal care for helping me out with my cats recently. i know you’re posting about people doctors, but animals have become more and more important to me lately… and we all deserve affordable healthcare.

    oneta provided much-needed service and didn’t charge me full price because there was an animal in pain. and hey didn’t cut corners. we all need people-doctors like that!

  4. lilgalfromwetown Says:

    One of the greatest doctors I have ever known practiced in a smallish clinic without a lot of the latest and greatest technology. He cared for his patients,not only their illnesses. Going through some major medical issues with my father in law, I have seen so few doctors that care for the person as a whole, not the symptoms they have. I miss that kind of medicine.


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