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World Thinkers 2015: Atul Gawande

Surgeon and writer. United States

By Prospect Team  

As well as practising as a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Gawande is a staff writer at the New Yorker. His first book, Complications, published in 2002, dealt elegantly with the ethical issues that underlie medical practice. His latest book, Being Mortal, and his 2014 Reith lectures examine what he calls the “messy intersection of science and human fallibility,” and called for doctors and patients to come to a more realistic understanding about the limits of medicine.

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