Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Author(s): Atul Gawande


The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores grippingly how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. His vivid stories take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, 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 he gives a brutally honest insight into life as a practising surgeon. Unflinching but compassionate, Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and their progression from good to great provides a detailed blueprint for success that can be used by people in every area of human endeavor. First published 2007.


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Sunday Times - 'I found I had been gripping the book so hard that my fingers hurt... it calls to mind one of the great classics of medical literature, Mikhail Bulgakov's A Country Doctor's Notebook. Few modern authors can stand that comparison, but Gawande can.' Irish Tatler - 'A fascinating study.'

One of the world's most distinguished doctors, he's a staff writer on The New Yorker, advised President Clinton on health policies, teaches surgery at Harvard Medical School and practises it in Boston. He has lectured in the UK and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He is married with three children.

General Fields

  • : 9781861978974
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : May 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Atul Gawande
  • : Hardback
  • : 617.092
  • : 192
  • : Surgical techniques