Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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by Atul Gawande
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805082115

ISBN-13: 9780805082111

Pub. Date: 04/03/2007

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

National Bestseller

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,

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National Bestseller

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805082111
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
183,342
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction...............................................................1
Part I Diligence...........................................................11
On Washing Hands...........................................................13
The MoP-Up.................................................................29
Casualties of War..........................................................51
PART II Doing Right........................................................71
Naked......................................................................73
What Doctors Owe...........................................................84
Piecework..................................................................112
The Doctors of the Death Chamber...........................................130
On Fighting................................................................154
Part III Ingenuity.........................................................167
The Score..................................................................169
The Bell Curve.............................................................201
For Performance............................................................231
Afterword: Suggestions for Becoming a Positive Deviant.....................249
Notes on Sources...........................................................259
Acknowledgments............................................................271

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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not quite as good as Complications, Gawande's book "Better" is a worthwhile read. This collection of essays is an interesting read for anyone interested in the psyche of a doctor. I enjoyed it, and read it in just a few days. As a physician myself, I find his writing to be engaging, honest, and insightful. Overall, one of the better books about medicine that I've read. If you like this one, I recommend that you read Complications, as well as Dr. Michael Collins' book "Hot Lights Cold Steel" and Dr. Anthony Youn's book "In Stitches." These are some of my favorite medical non-fiction, and you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Glad that I had some friends recommend this to me!!
Bastek More than 1 year ago
As always Dr Gawande makes you stop and think about your daily routine. Great examples of how to improve our daily routing and strive to make your better best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande was written with a superior way of thinking and all from personal experiences and stories, which makes a significant difference if personal connection interests you. Gawande writes in a way that can make statistics and medicine seem fun for people who might not find it so interesting. Certain sections of the book were extraordinarily interesting and others weren't; for “me”, the parts that were the best not just- included information about “disease” but actually included well-developed characters also. I particularly found that the repetition of Cystic Fibrosis mentioned in the book tended to be monotonous. So much is conceded in the book, things people may not have known are revealed and with that can come some consternation. Overall, I would say that Better was an admirable piece of writing. Gawande shows that not just his surgical skills are state-of-the-art, but also that his writing can be just as exceptional and marvelous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read for school....such an imyeresying and well written book! Highly reccomend
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MimiMA More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gawande seems to be first, an excellent doctor, second, one who keeps wanting to learn more about good medical care and ,third, one who is able to communicate what he has learned to us non-medical people in such a way that we, too, learn much about good medical care and are willing to search for it.
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