Book Notes: Better

In Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance author Atul Gawande writes about a subject he knows well, medicine. But, while much of his writing is informed by his being a physician and has a close, personal quality to it, he has gone beyond his own immediate view of the field to really dig into some of the meaty issues.

He writes about a lot of specific things that happen, from expensive Polio vaccination “mop-up” operations which try to contain the spread of the disease, in a hope of eradicating it, to hospital infection control, to the ethically interesting subject of doctors who have assisted in the execution process. The book also covers some of the popularly-discussed issues like malpractice lawsuits and the difficulties of insurance.

Overall, I think it’s an interesting reflection on the difficulty of trying to do as good of a job as you can in a field which is complicated and demanding. It was really engaging for me.

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