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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance Hardcover – 31 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd; First Edition edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978974
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found I had been gripping the book so hard that my fingers hurt... it calls to mind one of the great classics of medical literature, Mikhail Bulgakov's A Country Doctor's Notebook. Few modern authors can stand that comparison, but Gawande can. (Sunday Times)

A fascinating study. (Irish Tatler)

...this wise and often profound book should be an inspiration to doctors all over the world. (Sunday Times)

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The bestselling author of Complications reveals what you need to be a great surgeon - and shows how everyone can improve at what they do --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Firstly the reason why I purchased this book is not because of any great interest in medicine. Instead it was because of the title `Better'. In my own field, there are always processes to improve upon so it would be instructive on how do Doctors manage the complexity of their tasks.
In a dozen essays, Dr. Gawande deals with macro issues, such as polio outbreaks to minor ones, such as the correct washing of hands. A common thread in each is how even such minor changes, such as using a scale ( The Apgar score) to describe the state of a newborn, can radically improve the survival rates of patients. Recommended.
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I loved it, and I loved Gawande's previous book. It's a gripping read and manages to be uplifting, fascinating and humbling whilst also giving you an uncomfortable jolt about your own performance. Even if you have nothing to do with medicine - and I don't - there's so much to ponder on here. Highly recommended.
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My wife is a nurse and I bought this book as a present for her after reading the first few pages on the Amazon website. However as my wife had yet to finish the book she was reading, I began reading it myself and found it extremely enjoyable.

As previous reviewers have said, Atul Gawande's style of prose is very absorbing and he writes in an uncomplicated yet informative way which makes the sometimes exclusive area of medicine easily accessible and pleasurable to read about. By using examples from his own area of expertise he provides us with a wider message which we can all consider and reflect upon - "there is always room for improvement".

The way I tend to rate books is by asking myself the question, "Do I want to read more by this author?" So I'm now going to buy Gawande's most recent book 'The Checklist Manifesto'.
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In his second book Gawande turns to issues more of public health. That's not to say it's devoid of his surgical experience, but now in addition we get the interesting public health aspects to medicine from the relentless "washing hands" to eradicating polio in India. The essays again have their perfect blend of anecdote and academia and anybody regardless of their medical experience will gain immensely from reading this. His essay on the bell curve is truly inspiring thinking, and whilst the original concept was not his there are few better able to articulate it. Whilst his last book, though scholarly was more action packed, this edition takes a more academic approach and though it may be as tense we get much welcomed insights from the public health side.
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12 chapters - largely unrelated to one another - on various aspects of medicine. These include stories about medical advances, for example in childbirth and the treatment of war injuries at the front line and cystic fibrosis, and observations in healthcare in the US (how doctors are paid; how they are sued for malpractice from time to time; their part in the administration of lethal injections) and in India (a mop-up operation following an outbreak of polio where it was thought to have been eradicated and surgery and innovation in conditions of extreme poverty and hardship).

Gawande writes very well and no piece lacks interest - thought some hold more interest than others. Coming to this after Being Mortal and The Checklist Manifesto, the book suffers a little by comparison. There's no overarching theme here to match the 'take-aways' from those extended discussions of a single topic. But Gawande's concluding reflections on why he writes - so as not to be just one cog in a machine but engage with the world directly and at scale - make perfect sense. And he certainly succeeds here - it's just that he'll succeed even more later...
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A combination of gripping storytelling and insight. Gawande could write a great thriller or whodunit, but his purpose is the public good. The subtitle - a surgeon's notes on performance - is a modest nod at his grander objective, to understand the methods and attitudes by which we discover improvement in medical practice. On reading this smart, thoughtful book, you begin to feel that we should throw out the jumble of health-care initiatives and put everything into Gawande-type practice-based curiosity for a better medical mousetrap. The narrative examples are fascinating and often moving, the lessons that arise so fluently from them are clear and powerful. Brilliant.
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I had bought this book some time ago and meant to start reading it on a number of occasions. I only wish I had read it a long time ago. I am a teacher who believes in empowering my fellow professionals to discover the power of their own agency to make a greater difference in people's lives. I feel that I have found my kindred spirit in Atul Gawande. I started reading the book at a steady pace yesterday morning and wound up inhaling it in a little over 24 hours. And I still have so much to learn from it. Page after page, he recounts powerful stories from around the world of professional resilience and courage in the face of the most challenging of circumstances. More importantly, page after page, he offers simple but not simplistic insights that will have you reflecting for a long time to come. I sense that his book will only achieve what he has set out to do when you decide to talk to a number of people of what you have read in it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. One of my highlights of 2015.
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