Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Medical - 293 pages
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The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. 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.

His vivid stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, 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. Finally, he gives a brutally honest insight into life as a practising surgeon.

Unflinching but compassionate, Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and their progression from good to great provides a detailed blueprint for success that can be used by everyone.

 

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I enjoyed Better almost as much as I did [Being Mortal]. In this book, Gawande discusses what it is that make some doctors and some hospital programs better than others. Why hand washing--so important ... Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

I've now read all of Atul Gawande's books, and I've enjoyed them all. Each brings something different to the table and to the reading experience. This book highlights initiatives to improve things, to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The MopUp
29
Casualties of War
51
Naked
73
Piecework
112
The Doctors of the Death Chamber
130
On Fighting
154
The Score
169
The Bell Curve
201
For Performance
231
Suggestions
249
Acknowledgments
271
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Atul Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the New Yorker magazine. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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