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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Fabulous

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

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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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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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inspiration

love this book! Every book in his series I have found inspirational as a medical student

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Fantastic!

What a book! Gawande can spin a story like no other author I've ever read.

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Excellent!

Loved this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are in the Healthcare industry. Be a positive deviant! ♡

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Another good one by Dr. Gawande

Where does Better rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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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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Great story and narration

This was my first audiobook. The narration threw me off a bit, but that's just something I need to get used to. Otherwise, the story was fantastic and the narration was solid. Would highly recommend this book and Gawande's other books to anyone interested in learning more about medicine.

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excellent read. fascinating perspectives!

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.