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
When he retired several years later, I wrote him a thank you no ...more
What made Complications so exhilarating was that we were learning about being a doctor just as Gawande was learning about being a doctor. Literally: he wrote most of those essays while still a resident. The humility this brought to Gawande's essays makes all the difference. We were forced to consider the ethical implications of a healthcare system that has to deploy inexperienced doctors so that they can be trained and become better doctors. ...more
Introduction Doctors are human, but are held to very high standards & often fail to meet them. No surprises.
-- pt. 1.
Diligence - Keep on trying to do everything exactly right.
On washing ...more
The afterword on 'postitive deviance' was quite good and can be applied widely.
While not the same gravitas as 'Being Mortal', this book solidifies Gawande's place as an importan ...more
The simplicity and directness of Gawande's prose mirrors his mode of thought: always looking for the basic truth, the underlying ...more
This covers several subjects that are core to current medicine as it is presently practiced. Ones which are RARELY discussed. Like when are 3rd parties as witness in the room during exams deemed mandatory. This varies with extreme difference for culture nuance or governmental law. England has different practice for this as common, for instance. And the paper drape issue!!
There are several subjects of doctor experience now/ then and how change in medical practices occur. ...more
What I admire so much about Gawande is his ability to wrap his analytical mind so effortlessly around storytelling. His writing is conversational, straightforward and thoughtful. Medicine isn't a topic that would necessarily appeal to me, but with Gawande at the helm, it's fascinating.
In this book, his stories inc ...more
The book got better and better. Proper review will be forthcoming, definitely. But when?
Dr Gawande writes with a measured voice, but his curiosity and enthusiasm to basically be the best you can be at what you do is infectious.
Regardless of your vocation or even during your vacations, his tips should be applicable for a more positive and fulfilling experience, and hopefully, results. Not every section interested me equally (I was most drawn in by the Ingenuity section). But then I came to realise that the section which didn't fascina ...more
In his introduction, Gawande asks, “What does it take to be good at something in which failure can be so easy, so effortless?”—and even though he says, “This is a book about performance in medicine,” the question applies not just to medical practitioners. All of us can ask the same question ab ...more
As a non-fiction writer, I was acutely aware of how adept Gawande is at using narrative to illustrate and discuss complex moral and ethica ...more
It is exactly this mind-set as a student which makes us we miss actual gems like Atul Gawande's 'Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance'-- may ...more
It's hard to pinpoint what exactly Gawande is writing about. He is telling stories in medicine, he is exploring ways to improve performance and he is tackling hairy issues like malpractice lawsuits, doctors participating in executions, the state of care in idea and various other things. It was insightful to compare his view of the contemporary world of medicine and my view of the contemporary world of software development. There are some interesting similarities and many inte ...more
In his next work, 'Better', Gawande continues his Montaigne-like ruminations on his profession. The essays here are centred on the theme of improving medical performance, and the book is structured around the three ways to do this: diligence, doing right and ingenuity.
In prose that’s limpid and affecting, Gawande walks ...more
That said, as a physician who left the profession, I am buoyed and reassured by Gawande's insights and exhortations. He gives me h ...more
There is no book with a title that truly reflects it's content like "Better". If answers some very simple yet fundamental questions every physician needs to ask himself.
How can I be the best physician I can become? What are the best ways to get the best out of everybody in a healthcare team? How to turn my patient into an ally fighting on the same enemy instead of simply being someone I am t ...more
He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard ...more