A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805082111
Branch Call Number: 616 GAWANDE
Characteristics: x, 273 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 02, 2019

Very well written book, an excellent read for anyone in health care professions. Interesting viewpoints and cases shared, that help one to re-think our work in health care and how we can always do better. I would read this book again and recommend it to all my nurse coworkers

patcumming Mar 10, 2017

Some interesting observations about medicine and health care that can be applied to performance in general. A good read.

Jan 22, 2017

A good read with interesting case studies.

Dec 26, 2012

I enjoyed this more than its predecessor (Complications). I found it inspiring how Gawande shows it is completely reachable to make major changes to medical practice that can help so many. Likeable for medical and non-medical type alike!


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