Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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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.

Title:Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Edition Language:English

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  • Lightreads

    I have had a lot of doctors in my life. The best one I ever had was the surgeon who failed. Before I went under, he told me it would take about 2 hours and had an 85% success rate. When I woke up, nea...

  • David Singerman

    Not nearly as good as his first, in a number of ways.What made Complications so exhilarating was that we were learning about being a doctor just as Gawande was learning about being a doctor. Literall...

  • Hadrian

    The second of Gawande's four books (so far), a collection of eleven essays on the practice of medicine and its context within human society and the world. He takes a clear-eyed and searching view to s...

  • Jim

    This is my 4th book by Gawande. It's good, very similar to most of the rest. His best so far has been Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, but the rest are well worth listening to. I'm ...

  • Lauren

    The science of performance - doing things better and smarter. Gawande applies this directly to medicine and public health as he shares stories of health care around the globe - I particular liked his ...

  • Robert

    "Better" collects surgeon Atul Gawande's recent essays on medicine in three categories--Diligence, Doing Right, and Ingenuity. Each essay, on topics as diverse as washing hands to minimize infections ...

  • Jeanette

    Excellent. He writes well.This covers several subjects that are core to current medicine as it is presently practiced. Ones which are RARELY discussed. Like when are 3rd parties as witness in the room...

  • Gail

    If I had to pick just one of Gawande's books to read, it would be Complications. But this is still a great collection of stories on fascinating fields of and issues related to medicine.What I admire s...

  • Petra X

    The first chapter of this book was on the effect that hand-washing has on infection rates of MRSA and VRE in hospitals. It was fascinating! I never thought I would find twenty pages on hand-washing so...

  • sanny

    Motivational and practical, sans self-help spiel.Dr Gawande writes with a measured voice, but his curiosity and enthusiasm to basically be the best you can be at what you do is infectious.Regardless o...