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.
©2007 Atul Gawande; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"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)
While it took a little while to get going, Gawande's points about the science of performance really hit home with me. As a premed student, I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in medicine or simply how to improve or quantify performance in any field.
It's light on science and tech talk, but also engaging and thorough. I'll be looking for other works by this author next month.
This was a wonderful book that touched controversial as well as mundane problems in healthcare. All beautifully narrated into a great story. I found myself driving more so that I could keep listening.
I think if I heard him speak again, I would think he's Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande rocks the medical world.
I love the way he thinks, and challenges those in health care.
This book definitely has a strong concept to a very simplistic thought "Better". Very empowering book but I felt the author took a long medical approach on displaying the principles. This took away the simplicity necessary to grasp the concept. The concept applies to everyone regardless of profession and that could have been better exhibited.
As a pre-med student, this was a treasure. Even for the general public, this text has some truly remarkable messages and information.
Some sections are a little number-heavy, but the core is well worth it.
This book is well written and the narrator does an excellent job, as well.
The author uses first-hand experiences as simple and clear examples in a journey to improve one's performance, the efficiency of one's organization, or to just plain make the world a better place.
Insightful, captivating, and thoughtful.
Really one of the finest books about Healthcare and Healthcare Quality I have ever read. Gawande takes us into the mind of the scientist and helps us to better understand the calling to constantly push the envelope no matter what your job in Healthcare may be. Highly recommend for every healthcare worker and patient!!
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