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A cut above,
This review is from: Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance (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.