Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

by Atul Gawande
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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429927949
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 85,398
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
File size: 450 KB

About the Author

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.


Atul Gawande is the author of three previous bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His current book, Being Mortal, was a New York Times Bestseller. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In 2014, he delivered the BBC Reith Lectures. In his work in public health, he is director of Ariadne Labs, a joint centre for health system innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organisation making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

Hometown:

Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 5, 1965

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A.S., Stanford University, 1987; M.A., Oxford University, 1989; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1995

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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 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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