Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how to properly use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.
Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how NOT to use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.
Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction. In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is—uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist. We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies--neither seems to prevent grievous errors.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
There are many. But among them are: Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Anton Chekov. More presently, Philip Roth, John McPhee, Joan Didion
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Lives of a Cell, by Lewis Thomas
Which teacher had the biggest impact on your life?
Alan Montefiore, Balliol College, Oxford--who made me realize who insipid my thinking was.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Tennis, Indie bands, people
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"Turn your wrist more." -- advice of a surgery professor
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?
How can one make time for both writing and medicine?
What is the answer?
I honestly don't know. I make time for surgery. And then I try to get a little something more done everyday.
Where do you write?
Wherever I can -- in my living room at night; in my office when a hole opens up in the patient schedule; on flights. Laptops are a wonderful thing.