Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Atul Gawande; read by John Bedford Lloyd

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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 take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He examines the ethical dilemmas of doctors’ participation in lethal injections, the influence of money on modern medicine, and the astoundingly contentious history of hand-washing. Offering a searingly honest first-hand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable, Better provides rare insight into the elements of success that illuminates 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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Gawande is a writer with a scalpel pen and an X-ray eye.... Diagnosis: riveting.”—Time magazine
 
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“Gawande is arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around.”—Salon.com
 
“Remarkable...A new and different voice, bringing to modern high-tech medicine the same clinical watchfulness that writers such as Williams and Sacks have brought to bear on the lives and emotions of often fragile patients.” —Sherwin B. Nuland, The New York Review of Books

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Atul Gawande; read by John Bedford Lloyd

Atul Gawande, a 2006 MacArthur fellow, is a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and a frequent contributor to The New England Journal of Medicine. Gawande lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.

Atul Gawande
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A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Atul Gawande; read by John Bedford Lloyd

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781427200983
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Audio Run Time: 7:30
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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781427200990
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April 2007
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ISBN: 9780805082111
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January 2008
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January 2008
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