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Better : a surgeon's notes on performance

Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The struggle to perform well is universal: each 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. Author Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Erlebnisbericht
Case studies
Miscellanea
Personal Narratives
Named Person: Atul Gawande; Atul Gawande; Atul Gawande
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Atul Gawande
ISBN: 9780805082111 0805082115
OCLC Number: 74569617
Description: x, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
pt.1. Diligence --
On washing hands --
The mop-up --
Casualties of war --
pt. 2. Doing right --
Naked --
What doctors owe --
Piecework --
The doctors of the death chamber --
On fighting --
pt. 3. Ingenuity --
The score --
The bell curve --
For performance --
Afterword : Suggestions for becoming a positive deviant --
Notes on sources --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Atul Gawande.
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The struggle to perform well is universal: each 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. Author 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 stories 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 dilemma of lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the contentious history of hand washing. And he gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a firsthand account of a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable.--From publisher description.

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by oslerfellowslibrary (WorldCat user published 2014-02-13) Excellent Permalink

Donated by Laurence Green, 2013. We all need to strive to do better. It starts with humility; the recognition that you are not perfect. This is an inspiring collection of stories about people who have made the effort to do "better".

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