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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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Publisher's Summary

The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new audiobook, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    DK Mirozena 04-29-07
    DK Mirozena 04-29-07 Member Since 2006
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    "A Must Read for Anyone Interested in Excellence"

    This is the best Organizational Change book I've ever come across - I plan to share it with several colleagues. I am not in the medical profession but I found his lessons to be ones that made you think. I look at everything through a different lense now.

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    Sally Statham 05-09-17
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    "Interesting listen!"

    As a soon-to-be medical student, I love hearing Dr. Gawande's point of view. This book, like his others, is though-provoking and inspiring. As an audiobook, it did feel data heavy which led to lulls, but overall it was enjoyable!

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    disappointed mike 04-17-17
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    "Very compelling story"

    I feel as though this story is something everyone should hear in order to be honest with their own performance, to include success and failure, in life.

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    Jose Alfonso 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining stories with an intresting message."

    Dr. Gawande applies a vivid storytelling style to his medical accounts. A fun, edifying read. Highly recommended.

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    Edwin Slonim 02-17-17 Member Since 2004

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    "Not much new"

    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.

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    Doug 09-01-16
    Doug 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Some good insights, not as many as I had hoped for"

    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.

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    Sherri 07-07-16
    Sherri 07-07-16
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    "Fabulous"

    I found this book stunning, simple, with observations skills set to maximum overdrive. Loved every word.

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    Mackenzie 04-28-16
    Mackenzie 04-28-16
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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about Better?

    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.


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    Speedette 04-25-16
    Speedette 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great anecdotes. Very interesting."

    This book is good and beneficial to both aspiring and practicing healthcare professionals. "Experience s the best teacher" they say.

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    Shane 04-11-16
    Shane 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    love this book! Every book in his series I have found inspirational as a medical student

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