Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"It's hard to think of a writer working today who makes such good use of man's quest to avoid pain and death. Atul Gawande is not only adding to the small shelf of books by doctors that every layman should read. He's using medicine to help anyone who hopes to do anything better."--Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side
 
"Better is a mesmerizing book with fascinations on every page, told with mastery, insight, compassion, and humility by a surgeon who doesn't flinch from taboo subjects or self-examination. His topics range from the invisible to the unspeakable, and some chapters are exciting medical mysteries. On every page, one meets a candid and thoughtful man, who pays close attention, and who somehow manages to find the right balance between intimacy and respectfulness, in a world that can be inhospitable to both."--Diane Ackerman, author of An Alchemy of Mind
 
"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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Gawande, a surgeon and writer, mixes facts and storytelling to describe ways to better the medical profession. He opens with a question: "What does it take to be good at something in which failure is so easy?" His curiosity leads to thoughtful investigation, interviews, and reflection. Gawande's scope is broad and candid. He covers health changes related to hand-washing, changes in medicine in the Iraq War, questions faced by doctors attending executions, his own awkwardness with patients' undressing, and improvements made by honest evaluation in treating cystic fibrosis. John Bedford Lloyd's deep, rich voice delivers just the mix we look for in doctors--knowledgeable, authoritarian tones mixed with the warm, comforting style that characterizes a great bedside manner. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who cares about supporting enhanced professionalism for the greater good
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