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A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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Summary

The struggle to perform well is universal, but nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine. 

In his new audiobook, 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.  

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 handwashing. Finally, 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 everyone.

©2010 Atul Gawande (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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Interesting, but less relevant to Europe/non-docs

I've enjoyed two of the, author's previous books. This one had some interesting stories and was well written but it's very US focused and more suitable for health workers than a general reader

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  • 25-01-20

Great book

A must read for every MD, specially surgeons. Outstanding work from Dr Atul G. Yy