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Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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Description

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 02, 2007 – Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection of 12 original and previously published essays adapted from theNew England Journal of Medicine and the New Yorker . If his 2002 collection,Complications , addressed the unfathomable intractability of the body, this is largely about how we erect barriers to seamless and thorough care. Doctors know they should wash their hands more often to avoid bacterial transfer in the ward, but once a minute does seem extreme. Using chaperones for breast exams seems a fine idea, but it does make situations awkward. "The social dimension turns out to be as essential as the scientific," Gawande writes\x97a conclusion that could serve as a thumbnail summary of his entire output. The heart of the book are the chapters "What Doctors Owe," about the U.S.'s blinkered malpractice system, and "Piecework," about what doctors earn. Cheerier, paradoxically, are the chapters involving polio and cystic fibrosis, featuring Dr. Pankaj Bhatnagar and Dr. Warren Warwick, two remarkable men who have been able to catapult their humanity into their work rather than constantly stumble over it. Indeed, one suspects that once we cure the ills of the health care system, we'll look back and see that Gawande's writings were part of the story.

Customer Reviews

Another great book

Another great, thoughtful and insightful book. Real life cases combined with fresh perspectives to interesting topics. Just bought his third book and can hardly wait for the chance to read it.

Inspiring

For jaded healthcare workers or the positive ones who need a boost, this author sounds the horn for us all to gather our best practices and move forward into the modern era of medicine in gracious style. He articulates that altruistic value we all must hold to do right by our patients in a sensitive but insistent way.

Interesting Read

I loved this book! The author writes beautifully and kept the book interesting through its various topics. I needed a book to read on my 5 hour flight and I saw this in an airport newstand. I'm so glad I bought this book instead of some magazine. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of the author's books. Highly recommended!

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Medical
  • Published: Jan 22, 2008
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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