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    Description"The New York Times" bestselling author of "Complications" examines, in riveting accounts of medical failure and triumph, how success is achieved in a complex and risk-filled profession 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 of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people 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 dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing. And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, "Better" is an exhilarating journey narrated by "arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around" ("Salon"). Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.

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    A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Atul Gawande
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 273
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805082111
    ISBN 10: 0805082115

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    BIC subject category V2: MB
    Libri: I-PI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VFD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16920
    DC22: 616
    Abridged Dewey: 616
    DC21: 616
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED109000
    B&T Approval Code: A65300000, G65010000
    BISAC V2.8: HEA028000
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    LC classification: RC66 .G39 2007
    Thema V1.0: VFD, MBP
    Metropolitan Books
    Imprint name
    Metropolitan Books
    Publication date
    03 April 2007
    Author Information
    Atul Gawande is the author of "The Checklist Manifesto" and "Complications," a National Book Award finalist. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for "The New Yorker," and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.
    Review quote
    "It's hard to think of a writer working today who makes such good use of man's quest to avoid pain and death. Atul Gawande is not only adding to the small shelf of books by doctors that every layman should read. He's using medicine to help anyone who hopes to do anything better."--Michael Lewis, author of "The Blind Side""" ""Better" is a mesmerizing book with fascinations on every page, told with mastery, insight, compassion, and humility by a surgeon who doesn't flinch from taboo subjects or self-examination. His topics range from the invisible to the unspeakable, and some chapters are exciting medical mysteries. On every page, one meets a candid and thoughtful man, who pays close attention, and who somehow manages to find the right balance between intimacy and respectfulness, in a world that can be inhospitable to both."--Diane Ackerman, author of "An Alchemy of Mind""" ""Better" is a masterpiece, a series of stories set inside the four walls of a hospital that end up telling us something unforgettable about the world outside."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point"