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Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Atul Gawande

Starred Review.Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection of 12 original and previously published essays adapted from theNew England Journal of Medicineand theNew Yorker. … see full wiki

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Author: Atul Gawande
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Science
Publisher: Picador
2 reviews about Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
review by . December 12, 2008
From: www.BasilAndSpice.com  Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!    Book Review: Better by Atul Gawande, MD    Dr. Atul Gawande, General Surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital--Boston, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Staff Writer for The New Yorker, and Best-Selling author of Better writes about the importance of washing hands and how to actually cut the spread of potential lethal disease. He states that approximately two million …
review by . April 12, 2008
In any human endeavor, variations of performance create a bell curve and most participants are average or below average. Dr. Atul Gawande explores the challenge of practicing medicine and striving to be a "positive deviant" on that curve. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance explores the pursuit of perfection in several areas of medical practice. Athletes, he writes, teach us a lot about "the value of perseverance, of hard work and practice, of precision. But success in medicine has dimensions …
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