As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the OR and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting.
Eye opening. Unapologetically truthful. Humbling. Impactful. Will definitely recommend this to anyone. Will have to listen to this book again.
Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity 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 medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.
If you could sum up Better in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, eye opening, thought provoking
Which scene was your favorite?
Doctors of the Death chamber. This is the most interesting scene i've listened to. It is very interesting hearing about doctors that have are not only involved in saving lives but also involved in taking away lives. I know, but in this scene, Atul examines or interviews doctors in order to get answers as to why they are involved in prosecutions.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Im a premedical student trying to find answers on whether medicine is something for me. This book gives a very detailed insight on the life of being a doctor and somewhat compares it to other careers. If you are unsure/sure about doing medicine, this book is a great read.
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