“New Yorker readers will recognize writer-physician Gawande because of his article on the TV anchorwoman with an almost career-ending blushing problem. He exhibits the same smooth, engaging style and choice of unusual subjects in the 13 pieces in this collection, many of which amount to medical detective stories. Typical of those is the last piece, about a young woman who had, it seemed, a simple rash on her leg. But Gawande had earlier seen a patient with necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating bacteria of tabloid fame, and had an uncomfortable hunch that he pursued with his fellow surgeons and a dermatologist. The rest of the tale illustrates the emotions and reactions of the patient and her father as well as the role of the hunch in science. Several entries deal with medical ethics, considering doctors who ‘go bad’ and the long-time failure of doctors and their organizations to police the profession, and whenever Gawande depicts the regular morbidity and mortality conferences in hospitals, he is downright riveting.” – Booklist And if you like Complications, try Gawande’s new book: Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance.