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Better by Atul Gawande
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Dec 14, 08

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Read in December, 2008

If I had to pick just one of Gawande's books to read, it would be Complications. But this is still a great collection of stories on fascinating fields of and issues related to medicine.

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 include a closer look at issues physicians and others in the medical field could tackle better (hence the title). The subject material ranges from hand washing in hospitals to eradicating polio in India to chapters covering what doctors earn to what doctors owe (a look at a U.S. malpractice system riddled with holes).

Again, if you're a first-timer to Gawande, start with Complications but know this one will keep you turning the page from start to finish with equal ease.
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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth I really enjoy Gawande's articles in "The New Yorker," so I must check this out some time.

Gail Yes, I think you would enjoy this! But, admittedly, close to half of the stories in here are his New Yorker pieces (perhaps in longer format), so I'd suggest browsing the content page to see if you've already read most of them.

Good stuff though ...

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