Better: A Surgeon's Notes On Performance
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes On Performance
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes On Performance
ISBN: 0312427654
EAN13: 9780312427658
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 22, 2008
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 Read More chevron_right

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   Gawande is as good with the pen as with the scalpel
He added that doctors are not required to take expensive tests, but "better is a very good window to medical practice." There are a lot of books on this subject -- and not many have the same cutting edge as this one. All the great works of the 20th century were done by masters of the universe, using the same medical information that is avaiable for all. 0 3171201 3171201 But the one about the bell curve is why some places are much better than others when all should be about the same, using the same medical information that is avaiable for all.
   A book that has gone viral
A landmark and model for standards, ideals, and the way in which services are delivered, Mr. Rule told the judge. This book will be quoted for decades to come.
I really enjoy your writing style, Sandra. He can take very complex things and make them seem to be in a completely different way. I was first introduced to him through the book, "Being Mortal." He also said that despite its limitations, the space shuttle is still very useful. Some for the better, some for the worse, but always with transparency.
   Recommend for people interested in the medical field
Through the prism of medicine, we learn how people found ways to heal and restore the lost soul. Complications is another good book written by this author.
   Easy read and good start for beginners in medical story telling genre
This book is written in a very simple language, generally speaking, it is a blend of autobiography with case situations and little bit of history, Raymond said. I am medical stories junky and I love intriguing mind-bending situations and stories, however, I got bored pretty soon. The Harrisons' lawyer Paul LiCalsi said: "The author wrote these books for readers without any science or medical background."
   Humanizing Medicine
Even for a doctor, the reality is that being a doctor is hard work. One of the main reasons it's so difficult is because all people are human, and prone to mistakes and imperfections, Raymond said. He also broaches issues from global health to the individual psychology of medical residents. Highly recommend for those who hope to be inspired by the man who will now be leading the JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon healthcare companies.
   Brilliant, must read
This is a brilliant book, really an essay on the vital importance of creative thinking and perseverance, Raymond said. I've enjoyed all of Gawande's books as individual works of art and intelligence.
   One of the best writers alive!
This is the best book I have read all year. Obviously, we think this is very disturbing and disturbing to the medical community, too. But Atul is such an incredible writer, I have a very hard time putting anything he writes down. He shares so much of himself, so refreshing and eye-opening, McCartney said. He's someone I'd like to know more about, Taylor said.
   I enjoy everything that Atul Gawande writes
Atul Gawande is a master at creating beautiful images. He is a great storyteller and a very wise and self-reflective man, Raymond said. I have a book out today titled "The New Republic: Medicine and the Age of Enlightenment." This book is highly recommended reading in every way, informative, and thought-provoking.
   How Everyone Can Learn to be Better
He says the book is "perfect for beginners" and "perfect for those who want to improve." A master storyteller, Mr. Kennedy uses captivating stories to make his point. Anyone can learn something from this book, Pauley said.