Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
The New York Times bestselling author of Complications examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities... show more
The New York Times bestselling author of Complications examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing. And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable.At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" (Salon). Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.
Publish date: April 3rd 2007
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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I read several of these pieces when the originally appeared in The New Yorker. Gswande is a great writer, and someone who is always trying to understand a little bit more.
From my blog at http://onebookoneweekoneyear.blogspot.com/It can be a bit disconcerting to learn that surgeons in rural India are more skilled than surgeons in the United States. But such is the result when Indian doctors are forced to address a range of problems a U.S. doctor would send off to anot...
In his second collection, Gawande ranges further afield than he did in Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. There, many of the essays dealt with surgical training and socialization. Here, while still grounded in hospital practices (such as handwashing, or the lack of it), Gawand...
I was fascinated from the beginning with this book of essays about health and medicine. The first essay talked about the importance of doctors washing their hands. Gosh, we all know that, right? We know how absolutely essential it is. Well, get this: doctors don’t do it. And when they do do it, the...