Better

Better

[a Surgeon's Notes on Performance]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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The New York Times bestselling author of Complications examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession 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 book, 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 Gawande. His 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427269553
1427269556
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Lloyd, John Bedford
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jpainter Aug 29, 2017

I learned a lot about how the world looks from my physicians' perspectives and how the medical profession works as I listened to this audiobook. Gawande picks up where he left off in Complications: A Surgeon's Notes of an Imperfect Science, and presents fascinating case studies and personal observations about the nature of success and excellence and how they are achieved in the medical professions.

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amirt
Aug 29, 2010

Amazing book. based on a series of concepts about medicine and medicine in a modern age
wonderfully told and well written

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