Sunday, July 6, 2008
Nothing is better than a good book on a hot summer day. Or making sure you have a good read while you are waiting in the airport. "Better (A surgeon's Notes on Performance)" by Atul Gawande is a great book if you enjoy non-fiction.
Gawande uses medicine as the platform to write about high performance in what ever we do. From the updated MASH units operating in Iraq to looking at modern childbirth and how it has changed over decades, he shows how ingenuity and persistence reap benefits for millions of people.
He has a chapter on treatment programs for Cystic Fibrosis that shows the difference between being 99.5% successful and being 99.95% successful means years of life to the patient. What makes the difference? He writes that "Even doctors with great knowledge and technical skill can have mediocre results; more nebulous factors like aggressiveness and diligence and ingenuity can matter enormously."
Dr. Gawande, a Surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is a terrific writer and he knits together each topic in a very readable and thought provoking manner. Check it out!!
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 5:46 PM