Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, 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.
And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around. Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.
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"Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection." (Publishers Weekly)
"Better is a masterpiece, a series of stories set inside the four walls of a hospital that end up telling us something unforgettable about the world outside." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point)
I was expecting more original content, and not just a series of anecdotes from the withe of Being Mortal, which had a profound impact on me.
The book tries to prescribe a life of continuous learning and empathy and humility for physicians, and indeed for everyone.
However there is not much new here, the stories are just that, stories, she there is no evidence that the recommended practices achieve anything in the long term due most people.
Dr. Gawande definitely has some good insights here, but not as many as I'd have hoped for. I expected this to be more about becoming better in medicine and life, and less about several scattered vignettes. Nonetheless, the stories were fair and the insights good, though they were few. Not bad, but not that insightful.
Better has been one of the best books I have listened to. It goes into many topics that aspiring physicians / current physicians need to know about it. It was incredibly interesting, and I was sad to see it end.
This book is good and beneficial to both aspiring and practicing healthcare professionals. "Experience s the best teacher" they say.
If I was going to suggest an Atul Gawande book, it wouldn't be this one. His others are better. But even at his worst Dr. Gawande is head and shoulders above the best
This is my third and favorite audiobook. I enjoyed the narrator, and it's the perfect type of content to listen to in this format. Nothing I'm trying to memorize, but learn from nonetheless.
I liked how he made his point through a different theme for every chapter. He tied everything up nicely in the last one. I liked best though how he gave us a very unique view of the healthcare industry.
Fantastic book, not Dr. Gawande's best - I prefer Complications and Being Mortal. However, if you're hungry for more and always enjoy his voice, definitely add this one to your list.
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