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

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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by Atul Gawande
     
 

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:
347,806
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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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 10 months 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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YH More than 1 year ago
Atul Gawande's Better is not only written for medical students and doctors but also for everyday citizens. Even though its setting revolves around hospitals, clinics, medical students, doctors, and nurses, many of the book's purpose and examples can be applied to an average student or citizen and taken to improve their lives. Better is divided into three sections which include diligence, doing right, and ingenuity. Each of these sections is divided into several chapters that contain many example and experiences that Gawande describes. The writing style and tone is very optimistic and didactic with many adages and quotes that are aimed to improve people's lives. Even though the book contains many medical terms, they are defined, and make the writing easy to understand. Better not only contains many scenes in U.S. hospitals, emergency rooms, and surgical rooms, but also in jails and foreign countries. Gawande describes his visit to India and the Middle East, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan. In these countries, many of the unfortunate village citizens in India are described, and the innocent civilians in the Middle East and the U.S. combat troops and army are also described. The book also contains efforts to eradicate diseases and epidemics like Polio and AIDS and also describes famous agencies like WHO which are responsible for the attempts to eradicate these diseases. The main message of Better is to teach ordinary people to persevere and be dedicated to their work. Through many of the examples in the book, the reader can take these examples and apply them to every day incidents that teach him or her to be a better person. Gawande also stresses working together diligently which is found in the chapter about eradicating polio but later in the book, Gawande stresses that people should be individual and not always fall in the "bell curve". The overall impact of the book is to make ordinary citizens better people who are dedicated to helping others and improving themselves.