Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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Macmillan, Jan 22, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 273 pages
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The struggle to perform well is universal: each 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 may be on the line with any decision.

Atul Gawande, the New York Times bestselling author of Complications, examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in this complex and risk-filled profession. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey, narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" (Salon.com).

 

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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

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User Review  - phredfrancis - LibraryThing

I found this book surprisingly enjoyable. I don't read much nonfiction, but I took a chance on this after noticing the author's increasing profile (most notably on NPR) and seeing in his bio that he ... Read full review

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Contents

ON WASHING HANDS
13
THE MOPUP
29
CASUALTIES OF WAR
51
Doing Right
71
NAKED
73
WHAT DOCTORS OWE
84
PIECEWORK
112
THE DOCTORS OF THE DEATH CHAMBER
130
Ingenuity
167
THE SCORE
169
THE BELL CURVE
201
FOR PERFORMANCE
231
SUGGESTIONS FOR BECOMING A POSITIVE DEVIANT
249
NOTES ON SOURCES
259
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
271
Copyright

ON FIGHTING
154

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Atul Gawande, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, is a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. His first book, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. Gawande lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.

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