Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Atul Gawande

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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 “arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around” (Salon). Gawande’s 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.

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PART IDiligenceOn Washing HandsOne ordinary December day, I took a tour of my hospital with Deborah Yokoe, an infectious disease specialist, and Susan Marino, a microbiologist. They work in our hospital's infection-control unit. Their full-time job, and that of three others in the unit, is to stop the spread of infection in the hospital. This is not flashy work, and they are not flashy people. Yokoe is forty-five years old, gentle voiced, and dimpled. She wears sneakers at work. Marino is in her fifties and reserved by nature. But they have coped with influenza epidemics, Legionnaires'

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Atul Gawande's national bestseller Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance. 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 may be on the line with any decision.

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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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Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto and Complications, a National Book Award finalist. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Better
A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Atul Gawande

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805082111
ISBN10: 0805082115
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$27.00

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Macmillan Audio
April 2007
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427200983
ISBN10: 142720098X
Audio Run Time: 7:30
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Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
April 2007
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427200990
ISBN10: 1427200998
Audio Run Time: 7:30
$14.99

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Picador
January 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427658
ISBN10: 0312427654
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$15.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
January 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429927949
ISBN10: 1429927941
288 pages
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