Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance Hardcover – 31 May 2007
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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'.
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 book for Medical and Non-medical NHS patients who do not appreciate the service they receive.Published 1 month ago by OK
A compelling read. Gawande writes as if he is next to you, telling you anecdotes about the practice of medicine.Published 2 months ago by Alicia
Interesting, thought provoking. Really enjoyed this book. Have now ordered more by this author.Published 2 months ago by Susie AG
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