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Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations
Dec. 7, 2004
One Book One Union finalist
One Book One Union, Union’s new campus-wide reading program, will feature the book Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2002. Call # 617 G24). Sponsored by Union’s Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library, library staff recently read and reviewed dozens of books recommended by faculty, narrowing the list to five finalists. From that five they selected Gawande’s highly acclaimed book.
Chosen for its human-interest stories, elegant prose and important themes,
Gawande’s book portrays the professional life of a surgeon through
dramatic true-life stories while exploring relationships between patient,
doctor, society, technology, education and intuition. Those who have read
the book believe it will command the interest of patients and health
professionals alike, while the lessons Gawande shares can be applied to
many settings. Reviewers claim the book is “as sharply observed and
written as any scalpel,” (New Scientist) and “a persuasive demonstration
of just how messy, tentative and surprising medicine can be” (Business
Visit One Book One Union on the library's Web page for updates about campus programs and discussion questions based on readings in the book.