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Author Gawande, Atul.

Title Better : a surgeon's notes on performance / Atul Gawande.

Imprint New York, N.Y. : Metropolitan, 2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  616 Gaw    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description x, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- pt. 1. Diligence -- On washing hands -- The mop-up -- Casualties of war -- pt. 2. Doing right -- Naked -- What doctors owe -- Piecework -- The doctors of the death chamber -- On fighting -- pt. 3. Ingenuity -- The score -- The bell curve -- For performance -- Afterword : Suggestions for becoming a positive deviant -- Notes on sources -- Acknowledgments.
Summary The struggle to perform well is universal: each 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. Author 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 stories 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 dilemma of lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the contentious history of hand washing. And he gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a firsthand account of a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable.--From publisher description.
Subject Gawande, Atul.
Gawande, Atul.
Professional Competence
Clinical Medicine
Ethics, Medical
Quality of Health Care
Internal medicine -- Case studies.
Medicine -- Miscellanea.
Clinical medicine -- Personal Narratives.
Ethics, Medical -- Personal Narratives.
Quality of health care -- Personal Narratives.
Genre/Form Personal Narratives
Other Form: Online version: Gawande, Atul. Better. New York : Metropolitan, 2007 9781429927949 (OCoLC)862040442
ISBN 9780805082111

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