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Better by Atul Gawande
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Jul 23, 2009

it was amazing

If you liked Gawande's first book COMPLICATIONS, then it's a pretty safe bet that you'll like this one as well. The same competent humility that permeates it infuses BETTER as well. In the 5 or so years since he published COMPLICATIONS, Dr. Gawande has grown and matured as both a physician and as a writer. I found BETTER to be even better than COMPLICATIONS and recommend it unreservedly to anyone intertested in the state of medicine and health care in this country.

For me the most enlightening chapter was the one about his stint in a hospital in India. Gawande's observations about possible changes in the focus of research and money from ever more narrowly specialized and expensive technologies to using current life saving technologies that are not so glitzy and glamorous is sobering. The chapter on medical malpractice was provocative as well, and the one on the ethics of physicians assisting at execution by lethatl injection was a well thought out essay on our society's thirst for vengeance.

There is something here for the lay person as well as the physician. And, happily Gawande speaks with equal fluency the language of each.
--Mark Pendleton


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Bill Stewart I've heard there was a pretty interesting medical malpractice litigation las cruces. Does anyone know more about it?

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